Full text of "Elmata"
ELMS COLLEGE ARCfflVES
291 SPRINGFIELD ST.
CHICOPEE, MA 01013-2839
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OUR LADY OF THE ELMS
Class of 1940
Every tree, brought to maturity by the skilled and
tender care of the cultivators, should bring forth verdant
foliage. To the class of 1940 the pages of Elmata bear
testimony of the flourishing maturity of four years' growth
in the spacious and hallowed grove of the College of Our
Lady of the Elms. Elmata is the story of that part of our
life which we recall "with a strange feeling that we have
not deserved the blessing that came to us then." Lest time
should dim the memory of these blessed days, we have
storied herein upon the leaves of Elmata the friends, the
scenes and the life we have so much treasured at the
College of Our Lady of the Elms, but at times we have
been confronted with our inability to catch and reproduce
many of the higher values which we intimately feel and
appreciate. However it is the fervent hope of the Senior
Class that the reader will find Our Lady's grove attractive
and inviting. May the leaves of Elmata afford him, as it
were, a refreshing and welcome shade wherein he may
wish to linger.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF M.iry T. Dolan
BUSINESS MANAGER Virginia A, Adams
Night and the grove
is clothed in white.
The story of the grove
is fondly dedicated.
The Sower of the Seed
That good ground upon
which the seed has
The Cultivators divinely
missioned to labor therein.
The Crop of 1940
Four Years a-growing
The Season for transplanting
Whisperings of the Elms
Treasure laden roots
First hiheritors of the grove
Records of the Grove
'Behold, a Sower ivent forth to soiv.
THE MOST REVEREND THOMAS MARY O LEAKY, D.D.
Bishop of Springhcld, Founder and President ol" our
College of Our Lady of the Elms
"Ami the Soiier went joith to .\ou' His .wed . . ."
To you, your Excellency, perhaps even more than to us, the culmuuit:on
of our four shortest, gladest years at the College of O'j.r Lady of the Elms is
a joy and a hope. A joy that anothc; sapling, sprouted from the tiny seed
you have sown in the fertile soil of cur spacious campus has grov/n to maturity
and been transplanted in a far greater and more spacious estate — the v/orld
and its life. A hope that this sturdy Elm will draw unto the shelter of its
extending branches, souls that are eager to begin life and souls weary of life —
there to imbibe the luscious and strengthening sap of Catholic principles and
Our Lady of the Elms has offered us a Catholic Education — the rich
endowment of Our Holy Mother the Church. Today, we carry away with us,
something that even time cannot take frcim us. From our registration day to
our commencement v.e have been taught Catholic action in a practical way.
We thus feel ourselves adequately prepared to make our lives the living
accomplishment of the command of Christ — "Go forth and teach all nations,
whatsoever I have commanded you." We have put forth our best efforts and
have always found encouragement for our wavering steps.
In loving appreciation and sincere gratitude we dedicate this, the 1940
edition of the Elmata to you, our devcncd and loving Father. May we your
children, never lessen the pride we hope you feel in us today.
THE MOST REVEREND THOMAS MARY O'LEARY, D.D.
BISHOP OF SPRINGFIELD
'Shaded by graceful elms that spread
Their verdurous canopy overhead."
'And I hare felt a Pyeseiice that disturbs me trith the joy of
"Calm benedictions of the gleam — forsooth
All lightless to the world — invest these halls,
And, cruciform, on thee a shadow falls.
And names thy daughters one with Esther and Rii'.h."
"And storied ivindotvs richly dight,
Casting a dim religions light."
. . furnished all abroad to fling
The ivinged shafts of truth
To throng with stately blooms the breathing spring
Of Hope and Youth."
"A house of dreams untold."
"The blessing of the house is contentment ."
"to lounge in
That makes the table's merr'niieiit.
"The glory of
the house is
"Go you also into My vineyard.'
With these words the Divine Sower
summoned His laborers. The same
call has sounded out clearly and un-
mistakably for the cultivators of Our
Lady's Grove. They have entered
in and there they are zealously labor-
ing, planting those seeds of justice
and truth which we trust will mature
and ripen unto eternity.
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Blessings be with them,
and eternal praise
Who gave us nobler loves
and nobler cares
Our reverend Faculty!
who made us heirs
Of truth by precepts
and examples' ways.
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REV. JOHN R. ROONEY, S.T.B., PH. D.
. JEREMIAH P. SHEEHAN, D.D.L.
Chaplain — Professor of Religion
REV. GEORGE A. SHEA, S.T.D., PH. D.
Professor of Philosophy
MISS KATHERINE V. LONG, B.S.
Director of Physical Education
MISS MARY E. GARST, A.B., B.S. in L.S.
SISTERS OF SAINT JOSEPH
To the Sisters of Saint Joseph, the teaching Sisters of our College, we owe a great
debt of gratitude. We would express to them our appreciation and pay them loving
tribute, and we find no more fitting way than to devote these pages of our Elmata to
honor their congregation and one of its holy founders.
The Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, in our day so flourishing, and
so helpful to Church and society in every quarter of the globe, has had a double origin:
the one before, the other after the Revolution of 1789. That revolutionary cyclone
which overthrew the very pillars of the sanctuary respected not this humble Congrega-
tion, but assailed and dispersed it together with a host of other grand and holy institu-
tions, the offspring of faith and charity; only a few scattered remnants found refuge
in the mountains of Velay in southern France. In the design of Providence, the Superior
of that little community was the Nehemias who was to reconstruct, or rather, refound
the second Congregation of Saint Joseph on the ruins of the first. As Nehemias, after
the destruction of the Holy City, placed the sacred fire in a cistern where it was extin-
guished in the slime, so during the revolutionary tempest which destroyed the religious
houses of France, the spirit of the Congregation of Saint Joseph was to be hidden in
the heart of the Superior of Ministrol, not indeed to become extinct, but to shine forth
pure and resplendent when God should arise and bid the waves, "Be still."
She, of whom we speak, was the Reverend Mother Saint John Fontbonne, a soul
at once grand and simple, prudent and gentle; a soul whom God, according to the
sacred simile, had fashioned unto a strong and solid ship that should bear its precious
cargo safe and unharmed, through its voyage over a rough and tempestuous ocean.
The world is too often aware of its sinners, it is rarely interested in its saints. But our
common imagination is captured when one who was once educated by the Sisters of
Saint Joseph becomes ready for beatification ; our admiration and our interest are equally
claimed by Reverend Mother Saint John Fontbonne.
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REVEREND MOTHER ST. JOHN FONTBONNE
REVEREND MOTHER ST. JOHN FONTBONNE
Restorer after the Revolution
OF THE dispersed CONGREGATION OF THE
Sisters of St. Joseph
Foundress of the Mother-House at Lyons
first Superior General
Jeanne Fontbonne was born on the third of Marcli 1759, at Bas-en-Basset, a little
town in the south of France. She was the youngest child of Michael Fontbonne and
Jeanne Theillere, a couple as remarkable for the depth of their Christian faith as for
their true and solid piety. Of the four children, there remained at home only the two
younger, Jeanne and Marguerite. In these two were centered all the hopes and wishes
of their fond parents, of whose declining years they seemed destined to be the support
and consolation. Whether at home or abroad, with kinsfolk or with strangers, Jeanne
possessed great ascendency over others and won for herself extraordinary esteem. Her
sister Marguerite especially, looked up to her with the dii?erential affection usually
accorded the older sister.
When old enough to attend school, the two girls were confided to the care of the
Sisters of Saint Joseph at Bas, which community was under the care of two of Michael
Fontbonne's sisters, Mother Saint Francis, Superior, and Sister Mary of the Visitation,
Mistress of Novices. Here, Jeanne, ever cheerful and joyous in temperament, was the
soul of her class exercises and enjoyments, and such was her influence that her com-
panions used to make her the referee of their little disputes.
After some time the girls were sent to complete their education at the boarding
school of the Sisters of Saint Joseph at Le Puy in which were brought up the children
of the principal families of the surrounding country. Jeanne's superiority in intellect
and virtue, and that rare good sense which seemed her dominant characteristic, exerted
at Le Puy an indescribable charm.
Their education completed, the young girls returned to the bosom of their family,
and such was their holy and edifying demeanor that it was remarked by the whole
parish. They would rise early to assist at Holy Mass, help with the housework, and
then during the course of the day go to their aunts' convent to hear spiritual readings.
The convent life appealed to the two children, but they feared to make known their
desire to enter religion lest their parents should suffer great anguish. However, the pious
parents were not wholly ignorant of what was passing in the souls of their children and
Madame Fontbonne discussing the matter with her husband, expressed the hope that God
would not call upon them to sacrifice their darling Jeanne.
On the Feast of Saint Joseph, 177S, a reception and profession of more than ordinary
solemnity and edification were held at the convent, at which Jeanne and Marguerite
were present. His Excellency de Gallard, Bishop of Le Puy, who presided at the
ceremony, struck by the piety of the girls, told Mother Saint Francis that they would
one day become religious. She replied that such was their most earnest desire, whereupon
the Bishop interviewed the two girls. Speaking afterwards of Jeanne, he said, "Train
that child most carefully for she is destined to be, one day, the light and glory of your
Bishop de Gallard had not visited Bas merely to preside at the religious ceremony.
He revealed to Mother Saint Francis his intention to found at Ministrol, a little town in
Haute-Loire, a community of the Sisters of Saint Joseph for which he had chosen her as
superior. The Bishop also asked her to bring with her several of her sisters and her
two nieces; and so on July 1, 1778, at which time Jeanne was nineteen years old, the
Sisters left Bas.
At Ministrol, Bishop de Gallard received them with the kindness of a father.
The fame of Mother Saint Francis' sanctity had preceded her and parents esteemed
themselves happy in confiding to her their children. Many young ladies of the city
petitioned for entrance into the community, and the new novitiate opened by Mother
Saint Francis, increased rapidly. Marguerite and Jeanne Fontbonne were veritable orna-
ments of that novitiate, in which their fervor took new and admirable growth. Both
received the holy habit in 1779, but, as records of the place were burned during the
French Revolution, the precise date of their reception or profession is not known.
Bishop de Gallard presided at the ceremony, giving Marguerite the name of Sister Saint
Teresa and Jeanne, that of Sister Saint John.
Having been placed some time later at the head of the schools at Ministrol, Sister
Saint John displayed qualities that won for her the love and veneration of her pupils
and their families. So great was her success and so fervent her desire for virtue and
holiness that the Bishop of Le Puy appointed her superior to succeed her aunt whom
he was sending back to Bas.
The premonitory symptoms of the Revolution began to appear and grew daily more
threatening. The new superior of Ministrol was destined to meet and heroically resist
its attacks in which many of the stones even of the sanctuary were to be broken. The
year 1789, the fatal epoch of the Revolution broke on an unhappy France. Having over-
thrown the Church, the Revolution sought to replace her and exercise her powers, in
which view, it formed the infamous "Civil Constitution of the Clergy." Declared
obligatory on the fourth of January 1791, it was imposed on the clergy under penalty
of deprivation of all salary to be followed by deportation, exile or death. Like his
venerable colleagues, the Bishop of Le Puy refused the impious oath and suffered exile
as a result.
The revolutionists, in mad hatred turned then against the congregations of religious,
especially that of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. For sometime they tried in vain to separate
the community or to weaken the strong tie which united every member of the community
and their beloved superior. Realizing, at length, that the tempest of such an uprising
was not likely to abate, and dreading for her daughters inexpressible misfortunes. Mother
Saint John advised them to seek shelter for the time being in the bosom of their families.
Mother Saint John, however, with Sister Teresa and Sister Martha remained at her
threatened and dangerous post despite the tears of her aged father, who begged her to
seek safety beneath the paternal roof. At last the dreaded hour arrived. An infuriated
mob besieged Saint Joseph's Convent, broke open the doors and forced into the street
the three religious, taking possession of the establishment in the name of the Commune.
At first sheltered by some pious persons, the Sisters later found means to return to their
father's house where they made for themselves a solitude, another convent of Saint Joseph.
Meanwhile, the fury of the Revolution, far from abating was ever on the increase;
and with the triumph of the Convention and Robespierre, the late superior of Ministrol
and her sister became the objects of search. A price was even set upon their heads and
their retreat was discovered. It was not long before the victims were torn from the arms
of their father, handcuffed, loaded with chains and thrown into prison of Saint Didier,
there to await the sentence of death.
After a long detention, in the course of which they had seen many of their fellow-
prisoners summoned to the scaffold, the executioners entered their cell one evening to
notify them to be ready on the morrow, for it would be their turn. Trembhng with joy
and not with terror, they responded, "Deo gratias!" Thus prepared with lamps aflame
with the light of faith and love, those wise virgins eagerly awaited the coming of the
Bridgegroom, that with Him they might enter into the wedding feast of the Lamb.
Suddenly the door was thrown open. Starting to their feet, they were preparing to go
forth to that scaffold which they regarded as the stepping stone to Heaven, when they
heard the words: "Citizens, you are free. Robespierre has fallen; your chains are
broken." Thus snatched from the chains of the revolutionary tiger, and freed, to their
regret, from their chains, the religious returned to the bosom of their family.
When peace was returned to the Church of France, and the hour had dawned for
the reopening of the sacred temples and the re-enkindling with the lamps of the sanctuary
the torch of the religious life. Mother Saint John possessed within herself, living and
pure, that flame which was to enlighten and adorn the reconstructed Congregation of
the Sisters of Saint Joseph. She was, to use the expression of the Sisters of Saint Joseph
in America, "the vessel of election, preordained by God for the re-establishment of the
After twelve years of prayer and tears, the longed-for moment came. In 1807
Mother Saint John with her sisters were recalled to Saint Etienne in Forez but it was
not until the following year that the fervent community could lay aside the secular dress
so regretfully worn, and be invested with the habit of the former Congregation of the
Sisters of Saint Joseph. Time was not long before Mother Saint John was able, with
the aid of the worthy parish priest, to purchase from the revolutionary proprietor her
former convent, the cherished home of her early religious life.
Meanwhile, in proportion as the Congregation became more numerous and extended,
whether at Saint Etienne, Lyons or other places more or less distant, it encountered many
diflficulties and found itself in varied and trying circumstances.
The necessity of forming these scattered convents into a strongly constituted body
was speedily felt. There was but one way to effect this: to found a Mother House
which should be at once the head and the bond of union for all the convents; and, for
the same reason, it became necessary to choose a Mother Superior-General.
Lyons seemed a most natural and fitting center whence should radiate the various
establishments of the great religious organization that the Congregation was to become.
Mother Saint John was chosen as the Mother Superior-General and was accordingly sum-
moned by the diocesan authority to Lyons, after nine years of labor and trials at Saint
Etienne. She arrived there on July 13, 1816 with a party of fervent religious who were
afterwards joined by several sisters from the house at Ministrol.
Thus like a tree that flourished in rich and fertile soil the Mother House at Lyons
continued every year to strike its roots more deeply, while it developed new and vigorous
branches whose delightful shade and delicious fragrance attracted numbers of souls eager
to contract their spiritual nuptials under the protection of the glorious Patriarch Saint
Joseph. Quickly throughout the continent of Europe spread the work of Mother Saint
John Fontbonne until numerous foundations of the Congregation were established.
Europe did not suffice for her ardent charity. In 1836, she sent six sisters to make a
foundation at Saint Louis, Missouri. Our own foundation was the twelfth to be estab-
lished in North America, and that, in 1880, at Saint Michael's Convent, Springfield,
Worn out by labor and suffering in the furtherance of God's kingdom and the
interests of her Congregation, Mother Saint John Fontbonne on November 22, 1843,
died at the Mother House of Lyons. With her lamp illumined with the light of heroic
faith, and filled with the good works that have adorned her almost eighty-five years,
she entered into the eternal feast of her Heavenly Bridegroom.
O holy foundress. Mother dear
Who dwelleth now in Heaven above
Your many daughters far and near
Are carrying on your work of love.
Here at the Elms, they toil and pray
Souls to win and truth to teach,
Their words of wisdom, day by day
Failed not, we're sure, our hearts to reach.
So let us now in unison
Our voices raise and sing to thee
Dear Sisters, Mother John Fontbonne
Our songs of love and loyalty.
The day has come at last, dear Fathers and Mothers,
which we have awaited so long — that day made possible
by your innumerable sacrifices in our behalf. Our grateful
sentiments find expression in the dedication to you of this
tableau of the Holy Family. What more perfect example
of love and gratitude for parents might we find than that
of Christ for His parents, Mary and Joseph.'
The gospel tells us that "He went down to Nazareth
and was subject to them." In this way He lived His private
life, performing well His every duty in the service of His
Holy Father under the guidance of His foster parents.
Regretfully at the age of thirty He left the shelter of their
little home in Nazareth and went forth to win by teaching
and example many souls to the Fold. His Heart and Spirit
remained there, grateful to the last for parental love and
Today, after these years of private life — years which
have been blessed with happy memories and loveliest hopes
— we step forth into our public life. We too will go forth
in the footsteps of Our Blessed Saviour and try to win by
our example, many souls for Him. Like Him, we too, dear
parents, will remain with you in spirit, enjoying your every
happiness and praying that our success will justify the pride
and hopes in us which you have cherished these many years.
'And He went doivn to Nazareth
and was subject to them"
Here we stand, the crop of 19-40. A rich and worthy crop we Hke
to think. Each of the twenty-seven species has its own individual hnes
and contours which are briefly sketched in the following pages. May the
world into which we are to be transplanted recognize besides in each one
of us those special characteristics which should distinguish every product of
Our Lady of the Elms.
Sr. Anita Maria, S.S.J.
Sr. Helen Maria, S.S.J.
Sr. Joseph Anne, S.S.J.
Sr. Regina Dolores, S.S.J.
Sr. Saint Barbara, S.H.G.
Sr. Teresa Daniel, S.S.J.
President Deborah Clancy
Vice-President Dorothy Clifford
Secretary Acnes Gully
Treasurer Margaret Meehan
CLASS COLORS Purple and Silver
CLASS FLOWER Sweet Pea
VIRGINIA AGNES ADAMS
"The mildest maiineis iiilh the braveu mind."
"Gina" — our strongest claim to genius — "savante" of variegated species of litera-
ture. Her culture shows itself in her keen appreciation of hne readings and her desires
to explore the wonders of the Art Museum. Gina always knows of the best books just
off press and of the best old ones. She so absorbs herself in reading that she is completely
unaware of bells and is in a world of words. An enthusiastic love of her Berkshire Hills
accounts perhaps for her practice of long, brisk walks. Gina sets a terrific, though seem-
ingly unhurried pace, with an astonishing ease and dignity. She is very affectionate and
lavishes her friends with sturdy love, soothing sympathy and understanding. She has
something akin to shyness which betrays itself in that endearing quality of blushing and
which makes her "Gina" — tender-hearted, loyal and lovable.
Sodality; Class President 1, 2; Elmata, Business Manager; Chuchotements Staff 4; Glee Club;
Dramatic Club; Social Action Club, President; Metaphysical Club, President 3; Le Cercle Frangais;
Athletic Association; Debating Society.
KATHERINE FRANCES BRESNAHAN
"Laugh and the norld laughs with you."
"Everybody out. It's quarter of seven" — a familiar call from a familiar voice.
"Kay" Bresnahan is in action again, performing her regular role as official alarm clock
for her less energetic classmates. The fact that "Kay" has come to us from the some-
vi^hat country town of Uxbridge has been the source of constant teasing, but "Kay" has
taken it all in the good natured way one would expect from her optimistic personality.
Yes, "Kay" is a real optimist — always seeking the silver lining behind the gray cloud.
On the road of life, "Kay" we set you forth, thanking you for the rays of sunshine you
have scattered amongst us. To you our only advice is. never lose your optimistic view
of life for with it you'll go ever so far.
Sodality; Glee Club; Social Action Club; Metaphysical Club; Dramatic Club.
RITA MARY BURKE
"Graceful and useful all she does
Blessing and blest where'er she goes."
Although Rita seems quiet and of a retiring nature, be not deceived, for under her
unassuming manner is the real Rita, humorous, genial and worth knowing. She has
a most refreshing and original sense of humor, combined with a graciousness of manner
which has made us take her so much to our hearts. Rita has a decided ability for
mathematics, in which she is a beacon-light in shedding light upon most difficult theories.
She is a faithful friend, a true comrade and one who does her utmost to promote the
welfare of her class. In Rita is combined the quality of sincerity with an eager desire
to help and comfort others. Never have we known Rita to refuse the slightest favor,
and we are confident that the future will find her ever faithful to her high ideals.
In bidding you farewell, Rita, we say in all sincerity, "God-speed and may all the success
that life holds in store be yours."
Sodality; Glee Club; Senior Prom Committee, Chairman of Tickets; Dramatic Club; Social Action
Club; Metaphysical Club.
MARION ADRIAN CANTWELL
"Bui a smooth and steadjast mind
Gentle thoughts, and calm desires."
Quite a complex personality is Marion. Poised, reserved, nonchalant, dignified, a
dash of vivacity, plus a calm, gracious manner and a serene outlook on life. Marion
has been a confidante to many a senior in distress, as well as a true and loyal friend.
Equally gifted in other fields, Marion has a most original flair for designing; on the
roller skating rink she presents a charming picture of grace and beauty. She also takes
keen delight in the intricacies of math where her logical mind succeeds in solving new
and difficult problems. May happiness and good fortune accompany you, Marion, on
the highroad of life.
Sodality; Senior Prom Committee, Decorations; Social Action Club; Metaphysical Club.
AGNES MARTINA CASSIDY
"A countenance in which did meet
Street records, promises as sweet."
A rare combination of beauty and brains is this golden-haired, blue-eyed Irish lassie
with the spontaneous gaiety and friendliness so characteristic of her. There is in her a
winning quality of elfin charm and innate sweetness, tempered with a mirth-provoking
sense of humor. Keenly interested in dramatics, Agnes lightly pursued her thespian
career until Junior Year, when lo and behold, came her never to be forgotten role of
the memorable Mrs. Hemingway. Choral singing is Agnes' delight, and about it she
waxes long and eloquently. The mere performance of her daily duties would involve
the venturesome Agnes in the most exciting experiences. We predict a bright and
happy future for this gifted and intelligent girl and in saying adieu we know success
will surely be hers.
Sodality; Dramatic Club; Social Action Club; Metaphysical Club.
DEBORAH MARIE CLANCY
"Poised and di^snified is she
Yel full of jiin as she can he."
Our first impression of you, Deborah, is of seriousness and dignity, but, because of
your faculty for making friends easily, we were in your company only a short time when
we felt like old friends. Interested in us as individuals as well as a class, you have
manifested your ability to secure the cooperation of us all and therefore the success of
your undertakings. Ycur reassuring smile and encouraging word have made you an ever
popular source of sunshine. When we think of you, Deborah, there will come to our
minds your perfect poise and calm reserve — those qualities we have so admired in you,
these many little things that make you YOU. You have succeeded in making us all
your friends by being a friend to all of us.
Sodality; Class Treasurer 1, 2; President 3, 4; Glee Club; Social Action Club; Metaphysical Club.
DOROTHY CECELIA CLIFFORD
"Friendly she is. and cheerful all the while
We all have felt the sunshine of her smile."
Dottie — winsome, sweet and decidedly cute. She takes life with a nonchalance that
just breezes over difficulties. Hear her sigh of "just made it" as the conductor glimpses
her petiteness coming into view and yells "All aboard." This little drama has been
enacted every morning for the past four years. Dorothy grins as she says "Don't know
how I made it this morning!" She and Fitzie are inseparable and are often the laten"
causes of the mischievous pranks that throw the Study Hall into uproarious laughter.
Dottie is active and proficient in riding, skating, tennis, and swimming. She is the type
of a college girl whom a freshman would point out saying, "I hope that girl in the yellow
angora sweater — the one with the quirk in her smile — will pick me as her Freshman
sister. She seems so happy, friendly, and natural."
Sodality; Class Vice-President 2, 3, 4; Junicir Prom Committee, Chairman of Publicity; Senior Prom
Committee, General Chairman; Elmata Staff, Art Editor; Dramatic Club, Secretary 2, 3, 4; Classical
Club, Secretary 2; La Cone Castellana; Social Action Club; Metaphysical Club.
FRANCES ANICETA DECKER
South Deerfield, Mass.
"Nor know ue anything so fair
As is the smile upon thy face."
Laughing, blue-eyed Zate; charming, gay and friendly; an individual without whom
the Senior Class would well have been lost. She is a most capable and competent worker.
Her efficiency and dependability were evidenced in the adept way she, as general chair-
man, directed the Junior Prom. Zate's interests are many and diversified ; a keen student
of the sciences, a lover of the arts, an outstanding supporter of all social events. In all
things, Zate is loyal and true, ever ready to lend a helping hand. It is these qualities
which have so endeared her to us. Success and happiness will truly be yours, Zate, and
our sincere wishes go with you in your journey through life.
Sodality; Junior Prom Committee, General Chairman; Dramatic Club; Social Action Club; Meta-
physical Club; Athletic Association.
ANNA RUTH DINNEEN
"Gentle, brave and strong of uiU."
We who know Ruthie certainly can vouch tor the wisdom of the ancient proverb
that good things come in small packages. Ruthie — quiet, steady, unobtrusive and
calm — has pursued her unostentatious way in a manner deserving of commendation.
Dependability is one of Ruth's greatest virtues and any committee upon which she serves
can be sure of an energetic and tireless worker. Tending toward the Sparten type,
Ruthie has an extraordinary courage which helps her meet life with steadiness and con-
stancy. With your courage and ability you are ready to face life, Ruthie, and to obtain
from it the best it has to offer.
Sodality; Glee Club; Dramatic Club; Social Action Club; Metaphysical Club, Vice-President 2.
MARY THERESE DOLAN
"Our Mary is a girl of priceless worth
Who well deserves the sweetest name of earth."
Meet the editor ! And what an ideal editor she has proved herself to be — gentle,
sympathetic, yet clever and original. Under her deft hand materialize individual draw-
ings and creative handicraft. As editor, Mary has had to apply her talent for writing,
her originality of ideas, her patience, and definitely, not the least, her ability to shoulder
"it" — in this case "it" is hard work. We almost dubbed her the hound of harried
writers for she would pounce on us with "Your articles will be due in two days."
This was just an expression of her unspoken, innate code — "Do something and finish it
well." She does naturally what later forms the words: "What a beautiful thing to do,"
for she practices the virtues of kindness and unimpeachable integrity, and is all in all a
true Catholic devoted to the highest ideals.
Sodality; Science Club, Secretary 1; Glee Club, Secretary 1; Elmata Staff, Editor-in-Chief; Dramatic
Club; Debating Club; Le Cercle Frangais; Social Action Club; Metaphysical Club.
CATHERINE CECELIA DOUGHERTY
"She has a mind tvhich happily blends
Graver sense and jancies lighler."
Your classmates have found you, Catherine, one of the quieter girls of the class.
Your friends have found in you a genuine warmth and a sparkling wit. But by no
means have you been a solemn person. You delight your companions by your sudden
changes of mood and show them that the well-poised young lady you are can readily
become, on short notice, a fun-loving comrade ready for a good time. Your genial com-
pany, your quiet friendliness, your gentle humor, and your unfailing courtesy have always
attracted us to your side. The Classical Club will most certainly miss you, Kay, — you our
most enthusiastic and zealous Latin scholar. If our predictions are true, Kay, success
awaits you in whatever you undertake.
Sodality; Dramatic Club; Social Action Club; Metaphysical Club; Classical Club.
MARY ROSE DURNIN
North Adams, Mass.
"Never idle a moment, but thrifty and thoughtful of others."
When we think of you, Mary Rose, we shall remember gratefully your service to
the sodality, your willingness to help, your dependability. You hold your unique place
among us just by being yourself, more free from affectation than anyone we know.
Yours is the quality of genuineness. You are what psychologists call a dual personality.
We've seen you often in a serious mood, a student grave and thoughtful. We've looked
again and you were laughing, impetuous, gay. Two contrasting sides — yet, both are you,
friendly, dependable, sincere. We've learned that you are one in whom we may com-
pletely place our trust knowing it is safe. Loyal, honest, tolerant and kind, you've shown
us that you are a real friend. We shall remember you as one who was never too busy
to be pleasant, nor too concerned with self to help others. May your future be bright,
Mary Rose, and may it afford you the opportunity to communicate to others your high
ideals and uncompromising principles.
Sodality, Secretary 2, Vice-Prefect 3, Prefect 4; Le Cercle Frangais; La Corte Castellana; Glee Club;
Dramatic Club; Social Action Club; Athletic Club; Metaphysical Club.
CATHERINE ANNE FITZGERALD
Chicopee Falls, Mass.
''Eyes that dance uith life's delight.
Lips that smile, dispelling might."
Step aside, Old Man Gloom, because here comes Catherine and bubbling, spon-
taneous laughter. Catherine is always trying to smooth out some topsy-turvy predicament
in which she is involved. It you've never heard her telling about such predicaments,
you've never heard a side-splitting story. She is unperturbed and matter-of-fact about
such things as blithely calling up the young gentleman the night before the dance. It's a
familiar sight — which casts doubts on the law of gravity — to see a bike careening onto
the campus with Catherine's unconcerned holding of balance. Her middle name is fun,
for she's always sure to be in the midst of pranks — being probably the best model on
the campus for Grapenuts Energy Ad. 'Where Catherine is there you have an infectious
laugh, an irrepressible good humor, and a merry philosophy of life.
Sodality; Senior Prom Committee, Chairman of Programs and Favors; Dramatic Club; Social Action
Club; Metaphysical Club; Classical Club, Treasurer 2; La Corte Castellana.
JULIA ALICE FLAHIVE
"She looked on life with candid eyes
Which shone with depths untold."
Julie is one of those quiet though really grand people — the type you feel proud to
consider your friend. If you were merely a casual acquaintance of Julie, you would
say that she was a decidedly important person in her own group of friends, well-liked
and thoroughly enjoyable, with a bounteous supply of good humor and wit to contribute
to the gathering. But if you were one of Julie's really intimate friends you would have
much more to say as we know who have been Julie's friends, and really good friends
for four years. One of the things we like best about Julie is her always-the-sameness.
No matter where you meet her, her pleasant, tranquil dispostion is always evident.
No matter how depressed or worried you feel, Julie can always think of something to
say that will make things seem much better. Her sense of humor has been of inestimable
value to us and we've always found her a grand person to know. Looking forward to
meeting you at O. L. E. reunions is a pleasure, Julie.
Sodality; Dramatic Club; Social Action Club; Metaphysical Club.
HELEN LOUISE GORMAN
"Wilh malice toii\irds none, with charity for all,
\Y'ith firmness in the right, as God giies her to see right."
When first we met Helen we thought her a very quiet, retiring person, just a Httle
shy. And then, quite suddenly, we realized that she wasn't quiet nor retiring. In fact
we realized that she was full of vivacity and new ideas, and with that, a personality that
charmed us. We're certain that the under-classmen will substantiate our assertions about
Helen's vigorous spirit, because they have engaged in many a desperate struggle with our
class on the basketball court, while Helen played an indefatigable and undefeatable
forward. As proof, we recall the fact that the class of '40 has won the basketball
tournament for four years. Athletic prowess is not Helen's only accomplishment. She
has served her class well in innumerable capacities. Why, we've even bestowed upon
her the title of "Honorary Perker-Up of the Class of '40" because Helen has been so
valuable in cheering us up in those dear, dark pre-exam days. We're wishing you all
kinds of luck, Helen.
Sodality; Junior Prom Committee, Chairman of Refreshments; Glee Club, Secretary 4; Dramatic
Club; Social Action Club, Secretary -4; Metaphysical Club, Vice-President 3; Athletic Association;
A cappella Choir.
"Beauty, truth and rarity
Grace in all simplicity."
Any affair, Agnes, which vcu guide is a success from the beginning because you
possess those assets which make the social leader — sociability, poise and intelligence.
Your skill in the athletic field has proved the truth of the familiar adage, "Appearances
are deceiving." You are a combination of gaiety and seriousness, for in our happy
gatherings your presence always lent zest and fun. In your more serious moments, you
were a true confidante. Because of your power of rapid concentration you have always
been able to accomplish much and afford yourself time for wandering in the realms
of Orpheus. You will always live in cur hearts, Agnes, as the girl who had the right
philosophy of life, — "Life can be beautiful."
Sodality; Glee Club; Metaphysical Ciub, Secretar)' 3; Class Secretaiy, 1, 2, 3, 4; Dramatic Club;
Le Cercle Frangais, Secretary 2, Vice-President 3, President 4; Athletic Association; Social Action
Club; La Corte Castellana. Secretar)' 4; Elmata Staff.
CATHERINE LORRAINE HORAN
"God mude the birds to sing for Him M djun.
God m.ide her toice — that voice for which ue long."
Do we need to introduce Lorraine? You must h.ive met her at the Holv Cross
Concert, or at Alumnae affairs in Springlield. or — why, of course, you all met her at the
Christmas concert when she was the joUiest Santa we have ever had. Lorrame came to
us in 1936 with an abundance cf natural talents — her singing voice, her speaking voice,
her incredible vocabulary, her extensive experience in debating and her splendid cultural
background, both specific and general. VC'ith these as assets, she began her college career,
and for four years we ve watched these talents develop and find their completion in a
true college senior. During their development, these talents were expended on innumer-
able occasions for us, as a class, and as a school. Her personal enthusiasm has been an
incentive to us to join her in the various activities in which she engaged. We feel,
Lorraine, that this enthusiasm and these natural talents will be vour bulwark in facing
the world and an earnest of your future success.
Sodality; Chuchotemenis Staff .t : Debating Club. Vice-President 3. President 4; Glee Club; Social
Action Club; Metaphysical Club; Le Cercle Fran(;ais; Dramatic Club; A cappelia Choir.
CONSTANCE THERESE KENNEDY
"An inborn grace that nothing lacked
Of culture or appliance,
The warmth of genial courtesy,
The calm of self-reliance."
"Connie" is the pride and joy of the class of '40. Active in every field we feel
that Connie is a splendid representative of what a Catholic college senior should be and
we take pride in presenting her as one of our outstanding seniors. Connie came to us in
1936 with one great determination and objective: not to let studies interfere with her
college career. Of course, we do not mean that Connie did not study; not at all. It is
just that Connie early formed the habit of taking studies in her stride and still not letting
them interfere with the numerous extra-curricula activities in which she is interested.
She entered whole-heartedly into every school activity on her way through, and made a
point of never missing anything. Her attractiveness has made it a temptation to us to
give her a great many positions in which we could show her off, and well has she lived
up to our expectations. Knowing you has been a great pleasure, Connie. Bring your
joy and charm with you into the waiting world and your success will be assured.
Sodality; Class Vice-President; Dramatic Club; Science Club; Metaphysical Club; Social Action
Club; Glee Club; Junior Prom Committee, Chairman of Favors.
ANNETTE MARIE LALIBERTE
"Her eyes were deeper than the depth
Of waters stilled at even."
"Nan" — a combination of realism and idealism in her outlook on life, a lover of
the beauties of nature, an admirer of Tschaikowsky. An instinctive desire for truth
leads to a love of history which holds a subtle but tenacious fascination for her. She has
a complex, somewhat puzzling character. Sometimes she shows herself a serious student
— demanding the reasons for statements. Then again, she is a student of leisure — gay,
witty and companionable. Susceptible to the moods of nature, a warm, blue sky arouses
in her a spirit of gaiety; a gray, misty sky arouses a mingled feeling of melancholy and
sadness. Yet when we think of her, we immediately and unconsciously associate her
with her deep and true friendship with Zate, for here she shows herself the real Nan — a
friend true, loyal, understanding and faithful.
Sodality; Elmata Staff; Chucliotements Staff; Social Action Club, Vice-President 4; Metaphysical
Club; Le Cercle Francais; Dramatic Club.
MARY ROSE MAGUIRE
"And if I give thee honour due,
Mirth, admit me of thy creu\"
Johnson really ought to invent a perpetual floor polish, one that will glow in
defiance of crepe-soles and high heels treading towards Mary's room. Hers is the mecca
for all classes, all sorts of discussions, all sorts of fun and stunts. For instance, take the
elaborate ceremony by which an insignificant, bewildered turtle was transformed into a
very distinguished Oscar I. It wasn't at all out of the regular routine to see in her room
a yard fenced in by encyclopediae, or a row of dictionaries guarding the doorway to
divert Oscar's roaming spirit. This devotion to Oscar was only one expression of her
interest in science. For she has serious moments, especially when concerned about
Sodality Bulletins, Brightside children or her activities as chairman of the Eucharistic
Committee. Yet, above all, she is "Michael" — enthusiastic, modern, fun-loving, with a
gift of laughing at herself.
Sodality; Elmata Staff; Glee Club; Dramatic Club; Social Action Club; Metaphysical Club;
A cappella Choir.
MARGARET CATHERINE MAHONEY
"Quick of wit, warm of heart, lovable of nature."
"Peg" — a real Irish lass worthy of her real Irish name. "Peg", lovely and uncon-
cerned, has the air of a magazine cover suddenly come to life. Casual and nonchalant,
"Peg" takes this serious business of living with a carefree charm which has been the
source of marvel to her more excitable classmates. A keen sense of humor and a
vivacious personality make "Peg's" company an asset to any group. "Peg's" objective —
that of leading a life worthy of a Catholic educated woman — is worthy of commenda-
tion and we extend to her our sincere hope that she attain it.
Sodality; Glee Club; Junior Prom Committee, Chairman of Music; Elmata Staff; Dramatic Club;
Social Action Club; Metaphysical Club; Le Cercle Frangais; Athletic Association; A cappella Choir.
MARGARET ELIZABETH MEEHAN
"She doth little kindnesses that many leave undone or despise."
To Peg" we offer an orchid for being so thoughtful and generous. By her cheer-
fulness, agreeableness, kindness, she has endeared herself to all and shall ever be remem-
bered for the happiness she has scattered amongst us. In accordance with the expression,
"you can't give what you haven't yourself," we examine "Peg" and find that she, herself,
possesses all the qualities necessary to make her happy — love of the more beautiful things
in life, refinement, wholesomeness, and an understanding of people. Some day you will
visit Switzerland and dance in the 'Ballet Russe," for one who fosters the ambitions of
others certainly must realize her own.
Sodality; Debating Club, Treasurer 1; Glee Club, Treasurer 2, Vice-President 3, President 4;
Metaphysical Club, Secretary 2; Class Treasurer 3, 4; Dramatic Club; Le Cercle Frangais; Athletic
Association; Social Action Club; Senior Prom Committee, Chairman of Music; Chuchotements Staff.
MARY RUTH MORAN
"A face with gladness oterspreaJ
Soft smiles, by human kindness bred."
Generous, friendly, good-natured with a pair of merry, twinkling brown eyes — here
are the characteristic qualities essentially Ruthie's own. Her famous sayings have livened
up many a tedious hour and her smile has never failed. Ruth's well-known wit and
contagious giggle are familiar to students and faculty alike. Most versatile in her accom-
plishments is Ruth ; as one who knows, she is most eager in imparting knowledge about
a certain educational institution. She can discuss its merits with great oratorical skill,
and in its defense she is verily another Portia. Always jolly and cheerful, her mere
presence sufficed to light up the faces of those who came seeking her comforting and
merry company. We hope, Ruth, that all your dreams and expectations of a happy
future will be realized when you leave the portals of O. L. E.
Sodality; Social Action Club; Metaphysical Club; La Corte Castellana.
CARMEN OLGA PADILLA
Ponce, Puerto Rico
"Mirror of j// courtesy."
Carmen, you are one of those persons who combine charm, poise and amiabihty.
You will always be to us the epitome of femininity and exquisite daintiness. Your happy
smile has given us pleasant companionship. But these qualities are but an introduction
to your character. You proved this to us early in your first year with us for as early as
November you were dated up to June for week-ends with your classmates. Your enviable
excitableness over pleasant surprises which have come to you, have shown you a true
Spanish senorita. This excitement, wending its way into examination time has never
succeeded in interfering with the success of ycur scholastic achievements. In the future,
may the sterling qualities of character you have manifested with us reap their due success
in whatever field you may choose.
Sodality; Junior Prom Committee, Chairman of Tickets; Dramatic Club; Social Action Club;
Metaphysical Club; Science Club, Secretary 3, President 4; La Corte Castellana, Treasurer 1, Secre-
tary 2, Vice-President 3, President 4; Athletic Association.
MARIE AGNES STONE
"7 have loved my jriends as I have virtue, my soul, my God."
A light, a scribble, and there you have genius — and Marie at work. In the pro-
duction of poetic bits Marie finds an outlet for her natural spontaneity, imagination
and creativeness. Wherever you find an historical discussion — be it ancient, medieval
or modern — there you find Marie. Hers is the vigorous mind which can follow an
argument through to a logical conclusion. We admire especially in Marie her genuine-
ness and her loyalty. These characteristics have won for her the respect of all her
classmates and the love of her friends. Marie is an idealist and somewhat of a dreamer,
taking pleasure in looking into the future and in musing on what it might be. May your
dreams come true, Marie, for you well deserve that they should.
Sodality; Debating Club; Junior Prom Committee, Chairman of Decorations; Glee Club; Science
Club, Vice-President 3, Secretary 4; Dramatic Club, Vice-President ^, President 4; Social Action
Club; Metaphysical Club; A cappella Choir.
MARY AGNES VENANCIO
Newport, R. I.
"Cute, clever, full of fun.
She's a friend to everyone."
To rerrember Mary will be a pleasure because she has done so much to make
happier cur years at O. L. E. Mary has been such a good friend to us, as individuals
and as a class. Whether one be in search of help or fun, Mary is right there. Her
versatility in rendering aid has been invaluable, because regardless of the field in which
the aid is required, Mary always has the solution- -whether one is trying to decide
between a knit stitch or a purl stitch, or whether one is trying to settle a simple little
question like transposing from four sharps to three flats. And besides finding the solu-
tion Mary makes a point of never leaving until everythmg is straightened out. Or, if
ycu are simply in search of fun, Mary's quiet sense of humor, her contagious giggle,
and twinkling eyes are wonderfully conducive. Knowing you has been delightful, Mary,
and you've left us with many happy memories. We wish you the best in your future
Sodality; Senior Prom Committee, Chairman of Refreshments; Glee Club; Dramatic Club; Social
Action Club; Metaphysical Club; A cappella Choir.
RITA McKINNON OLSON
Died October 10, 1936
"Way up there — high up in the clear blue sky —
Where man would soar, forsooth but cannot dwell.
Blithe winged songsters back and forth do fly
And hearken now the joyful tale they tell —
They chirp of days that seem so long ago,
(But, verily, m years, 'tis only four)
When tiny Elms did first begin to grow
As coy and fair as e'er were seen before.
At first — just tiny seedlings planted here
But care and patience, love, devotion true
Bestowed by those who held their charges dear
Have made us strong for life's great tasks to do.
As years roll by, new Elms vvill planted be —
New joys, new hopes, new pleasures will they bring
Within this happy, holy nursery.
But still the birds will chirp and loudly sing.
And they'll recall how we our laurels won.
How we did strive and seek and yearn to be
Like Mary, Mother mild, and her dear Son.
And when we've reached our goal, we hope you'll see
Our branches so outstretched and tall they reach
The soft blue canopy of heav'n above.
And the little birds will sing on and teach
The secret of our growth, — faith, hope and love.
Farewell to thee our college
Farewell we sing to you
O Seat of Wisdom and Knowledge
Forever we'll be true
And when memories of later years
Bring thoughts of days gone by
Faithful, loyal, grateful we'll be
This is our promise we give to thee.
Farewell to thee our Lady
Our guide in ways of truth
Our life we pledge to thee
The symbol of our youth
And when thoughts in later years
Bring memories of days gone by
Faithful, loyal, grateful we'll be
This is our promise given to thee.
And so farewell a^rain we sing
Midst joy and mists of tears
Our grateful hearts to you we bring
O solace of our fears!
And when thoughts of college days
Bring back lessons tried and true
Faithful, loyal, grateful we'll be
This is our promise given to thee.
Marie A. Stone
to iK€e- oiii
Cot- fex^e. ^aie.
fit Ipiaot^feii^e/ io^
* J U
CAP AND GOWN SUNDAY
To every college Senior that occasion upon which they are invested with the academic
cap and gown has a great significance. To us, students at the College of Our Lady of
the Elms, it meant that four years spent under the protecting mantle of Our Lady were
drawing to an end. Paradoxical as it may seem, this end was to us a beginning, — the
beginning of cur future life. The four years witnessed our growth, as it were, from
tiny seedlings to full-grown Elmites. The Cap and Gown Day marked for us the first
step in our actual transplantation into the waiting world.
An academic procession from the Administration Building to the Chapel, in which
Faculty, Seniors, and undergraduates took part, opened our simple but impressive cere-
mony. The Reverend Harold V. Stockman, S. J., of Holy Cress College, preached the
sermon, — so beautiful that we would like to remember forever the thoughts therein
contained. Solemn benediction followed this inspiring discourse. The recessional was
led by the Seniors to the Administration Building where our beloved President, the
Most Reverend Thomas M. O'Leary, D. D., held a private reception for the members
of the Senior Class. Reverend John R. Rooney, Ph. D., Vice-President of the College,
introduced the members of the cla.-^s to His Excellency. Following the reception the
Seniors joined their families and friends in the gymnasium as guests of the Junior Class.
An interesting program had been prepared, to which the A cappella Choir contributed
Ecce Sacerdos Steffen
Veni Creator Gregorian
Skrmon The Reverend Harold V. Stockman, S. J.
SOLI-MN Bi:N1; DICTION
Celebrant, The Most Reverend Thomas M. O'Leary, D. D.
Deacon, The Reverend John R. Rooney, Ph. D.
Sub-Deacon, The Reverend Jeremiah P. Sheehan, D. C. L.
Master of Ceremonies, The Reverend George A. Shea, Ph. D.
Jtsu Rkx Admirabilis Palestrina
O EscA ViATORUM Isaaks
Tantum Ergo Gregorian
pRAisi; TO Thee Sr. Mary Raphael, B. V. M.
SELECTIONS FROM THE CAP AND GOWN
By Rfvf.kend Ha](old V. Stockman, S. J.
Whenever, in the business of living, we pause to look over our hves whether we be
young or old, we find them to consist mostly of a series of little milestones — events which
stand out in our personal histories because at those times something special happened
to us. Today, which seems the end for you, of so long a period of waiting, is such a
milestone — the day when you are solemnly invested with the academic cap and gown.
It is a human habit to stop a minute by the side of every milestone — to glance
behind at that road we have so lately traveled, and to peer into the future, to gauge,
if so we may, what shall lie before us. And today's pausing, has, I think, more than
a casual significance, though few besides ourselves perhaps, could see it. The great
world just outside the college door, going about its business and its pleasure and its
round of febrile activities, would see in our meeting here, only a pretty ceremony com-
memorative of the entrance of yet another class into its senior year. But the ceremony
means more than that, for the cap and gown which today you first receive are the
symbols and badges of a new estate. They are a sign to you and all your sister students
and all your host of relatives and friends that at length Alma Mater acknowledges you
for her own and is proud to present you to a waiting and a critical world, as witnesses
to her ideals, and champions of her living faith.
A Catholic college is truly an Alma Mater — a loving mother. She is concerned
with all your future life and she is earnest and devoted in trying to prepare you for all
that you may meet therein. She is concerned with your future economic life and that
you may be a success in it she tries to fit your hands skillfully to the instruments which
others have found effective in wresting a living from the world. But she is more con-
cerned that you may be a success in the higher life of the spirit — that is her only end
and object. Her only justification before God and before the world is that she has
taught you to walk in the company of our Blessed Lord until some day you are gathered
into His arms. If she shall fail in that, no other success can redeem her failure. If you
shall forget or lightly esteem the lessons you shall have learned here you shall have
carried away the unsubstantial shadow of a Catholic education and left the substance
The Cap and Gown exercises have much in common with the Commencement
exercises which come at the end of the year. These are a kind of a dress rehearsal
for the other. And those who come to address you on either occasion are frankly worried
about those to whom they talk. We are all concerned about you, but not primarily
about your future economic condition or your financial security. We are worried about
your Catholic idealism, the practical practice of your faith ; we are worried about your
moral stamina in the face of all forces which tear people away from their moorings in
this world. Experience and the teachings of religion combine to warn us that the
most persistent, insidious and paralyzing danger that you will face when you leave these
halls, is the danger of spiritual deterioration. Life, as lived among the manifold dis-
tractions in the world, is very demoralizing. The easier way is constantly beckoning.
So Alma Mater, in this dress rehearsal of Commencement, asks you if you are ready at
length to go before the world first of all as Catholics, as incorruptible representatives
of the faith of God made known to us in the Catholic faith.
It will be a tragedy if you shall leave the college and never afterwards convey in
anyway to those meeting and dealing with you, the beauty and the desirability of the
Catholic life you learn here and the Catholic faith you practiced.
John the Baptist sent messengers to our Lord, to ask whether He were indeed
the One who was to come, or must they wait for another. The world is constantly send-
ing the same questions to representatives of the Catholic religion and culture. Our
Lord's sole answer was, "Look at Me. Look at my life. Go and say what you have seen. "
Could we, graduates of Catholic schools, to whom the world has a right to come, say
quite so simply anything like that? Our faith, we say, is paramount: we alone own the
incomparable Pearl. We say that there is but one Saviour of mankind, and one Church,
and that is ours. When then, the world shall ask us, and ask us it does in the inquisition
it makes into our lives, "Are you indeed the people, are you what the world has longed
for and is so desperately in need of — or must we seek further.-'" Can we then answer,
"Look at us."
Blessed by God as we are, beyond what has been given to others of our fold, can
we say that the value of our lives is so evident? Having Mary and Holy Communion
in our lives, is our patience, or our honor or our chastity manifestly such as the world's
is not? Having a clear doctrine of truth and value do we bring all things unhesitat-
ingly to that test and judge opinions and attractions in the light of our faith as others
have no chance of doing? That is what is meant by carrying our Catholic culture and
tradition out into the world that others may see it and come to the knowledge of the
Father who is above us all.
I cannot let this occasion pass, without sincerely congratulating you on your investi-
ture today in the Cap and Gown. It is evidence that you all possess a certain solid
worth and that you have won victories in the past, academic and moral, before which
others have gone down. But neither can I refrain either from urging you to make fast
before you leave here the solid basis and foundation of a truly Christian character.
Define character as you will, call it organization of impulse or susceptibility to motive,
or life dominated by principle, character always remains the ultimate quality which is
the true measure of the man.
So above all be women of a truly Catholic character. This school will feel that it
has failed in its duty to God and to the Catholic community which fosters it, if you
either now or hereafter give way before the current of contemporary life. You are
perhaps closer to life now than you ever will be again. Later the world will try to
have its way with you; it will tell you to surrender youf ideals because they are im-
practical. It will urge you to make friends with dishonesty and indecency because lady-
like ways have been discovered to be dishonest and indecent. But take your stand now
on the solid rock of eternal Catholic truth before time and the competitive strain of life
shall have corrupted you. What you have learned here is the only substantial truth.
Discipline and temperance, justice and charity, love of man for the sake of God, — these
are still the virtues of the Catholic tradition and culture. If you hold fast to these, your
school will spread its blessings through all the land. If you fail, no purely human
success you may win, can redeem your disloyalty to everything that your college stands for.
ADAMS, VIRGINIA A.
Park St., Housatonic
BRESNAHAN, KATHERINE F.
105 Mendon St., Uxbridge
BURKE, RITA M.
Ill Melha Ave., Springfield
CANTWELL, MARION A.
51 Casino Ave., Chicopee
CASSIDY, AGNES M.
10 Cottage Ave., Holyoke
CLANCY, DEBORAH M.
175 John.son St., Springfield
12 Linden St., Northampton
DECKER, F. ANICETA
110 Sugar Loaf St., So. Deerfield
DINNEEN, A. RUTH
14 Claremont Ave., Holyoke
DOLAN, MARY T.
5 Berkeley St., Worce.ster
DOUGHERTY, CATHERINE C.
177 Pleasant St., Easthampton
DURNIN, MARY ROSE
102 Notch Road, No. Adams
FITZGERALD, CATHERINE A.
83 Church St., Chicopee Falls
FLAHIVE, JULIA A.
96 South St., Florence
GORMAN, HELEN L.
239 South St., Pittsfield
GULLY, M. AGNES
86 Jaques Ave., Worcester
HORAN, C. LORRAINE
7 Grout Court. Worcester
KENNEDY, CONSTANCE T.
30 Myrtle Ave., Holyoke
LALIBERTE, ANNETTE M.
53 L'pland St., Springfield
20 North St., Clinton
MAHONEY, MARGARET C.
Pleasant St., Blackstone
MEEHAN, MARGARET E.
15 Morris St., Westfield
MORAN, M. RUTH
28 Dunmoreland St., Springfield
NORTON, BARBARA ANN
6 Hawthorne St., Worcester
PADILLA, CARMEN O.
Customs House, Playa de Ponce, P. R.
STONE, MARIE A.
87 Livingston Ave., Pittsfield
VENANCIO, MARY A.
Green End Ave., Newport, R. I.
Most closely allied to us and our
dearest friends in the grove is the
crop of 1942. What a bonny species!
How dreary and desolate the grove
would be without it! We realize it
only too well — we who, at every
turn, have been propped up by their
ready cooperation and staunch sup-
President Constance M. Stiles
Vice-President Helena M. Butler
Secretary Mary M. Callahan
Treasurer Mary L. Desmarais
CLASS COLORS Crimson and Silver
CLASS FLOWER American Beauty Rose
CLASS OF 1941
"To you jroDi jailing hands u e ihiow the toich: be yours to hold it high."
Our farewell to you, Juniors, and our challenge. As Seniors, you will
have responsibilities, that you as underclassmen have never experienced. They
were our heritage; we leave them to you. With these responsibilities, you will
enjoy a position unique in your tour years, something you will deeply appre-
ciate as soon as you don your caps and gowns — something almost indescribable.
When the time arrives and it becomes necessary for you to relinquish this
position, you will do so with sadness because you will realize that your Senior
Year was something extra special — a year in which you felt and wanted to
feel more like an ideal Elms girl than you ever did as a verdant Freshman,
a gay young Sophomore, or a jolly Junior.
We want you to know that in leaving you our wonderful heritage, we
feel confident that you will accept it with all the enthusiasm and high hope
with which we received it; and when you in turn pass it on, we know that
it will have been enriched by you as a class. Your love for the Elms displayed
during your first three years, your splendid spirit of cooperation, your high
ideals, all give us a feeling of reassurance in passing our position and respon-
sibilities on to you — a reassurance that our torch will be caught and held high.
Our sincere best wishes!
On September 13, 1939, O. L. E. opened its stately portals to welcome its student
body. We, the Sophomores of yesterday, were now to realize that long anticipated title
of "upperclassmen. " In the eyes of the underclassmen whose ranks we had forsaken
to accept our new responsibilities we were now "the Juniors"!
September twenty-third brought with it the thrill and happiness of choosing our
Freshman sisters — a happiness which involved the duty of guiding them along their
little way. It was our fond and fervent hope that we would transfer to them our spirit
of love and pride in Alma Mater. Proudly we led them to their initiation, gaily decked
with large green bows on which were placed gold letters revealing their identity.
Our interest in them grew day by day and enthusiastically we planned the annual Junior-
Freshmen picnic at Van Horn Park — our own personal welcome to them.
With a heigh-ho and a vision of the Cap and Gown reception we were to give the
Seniors, we elected Eileen Shea general chairman of our committee. She, with the
cooperation of her assistants, brought to a memorable close that day so significant to
Settling down to the real spirit of study was our next concern, for quarterly exam-
inations were looming on the not-too-far-distant horizon. Having once more weathered
the storm successfully, we took time out to enjoy the Thanksgiving holidays. Vacation
over, no reminder was needed to enable us to recall that we had a prom in the offing
and committees were necessary. Our serious thinking resulted in the election of Mary
Noonan as general chairman. She speedily organized her committees and time was not
long before plans for this event took definite shape.
Since there was no club or activity on the campus in which the Juniors were not
represented, it was no unusual thing to find many Juniors taking part in the Christmas
party. Several were found on the committees for arrangements ; still others were num-
bered among the members of the Glee Club; and Mary de Paul Power took her place
among the soloists. The honor of portraying Our Blessed Mother in the Nativity play
fell to Rita Mulcahy, whose ability in dramatic productions has added to the glory of
the Junior Class.
January thirteenth found us welcoming many of our friends to the Pre-Lenten
Bridge and Tea, the purpose of which was to help defray prom expenses. A success in
every aspect, this enjoyable afternoon was sufficient reward to the co-chairmen, Margaret
Riley and Mary O'Connor, for the efforts they had expended.
On our return from mid-semester holidays, our attention was turned almost entirely
to the on-coming Junior prom — really and truly ours. The passwords into every con-
versational circle were — "Whom are you taking to the prom.''" and "What are you
wearing.-'" Friday night closed in upon us and now we were to spend several hours in
our gymnasium converted into an Italian grape arbor. Readily our dancing feet
responded to the sweet and rhythmic music of Bill Garlin and his orchestra. With the
crystal ball still reflecting its rainbow colors upon us we grouped ourselves for the grand
march during which the favors were distributed. A vote of thanks goes to Katherine
Gibbons and her committee for the selection of those attractive green leather wallets with
the seal of Alma Mater. We will be forever grateful to the heads of our various com-
mittees for making this night of nights a beautiful memor\-.
The seleaion of major and minor subjects had scattered our class, but our com-
pensation lay in our regular reunions of the Metaphysical Club — a club embodied in the
Philosophy courses. Interesting and lively circles afforded us an opportunit}- to display
our philosophical knowledge and logical reasoning. Saint Thomas Aquinas Day was
duly honored by one of these circles.
All too soon, we noted that those activities which mark the approach of the end of
another year were claiming our attention. Pilate's Daughter, the annual Elocution Con-
test, and the Public Debate afforded the Junior Class an opportunity- of showing forth its
talents. The Spring program in athletics found the "red and white " ranking high in
tennis, volley-ball and soft-ball, for we believed in the psychological thecr}- that one
needs to intersperse her work with play.
Crowded into the last days which we would spend as Juniors were final and oral
examinations. Taking these in our stride we quickly passed into the aaivities of Com-
mencement week. Here we were to taste a little of the sadness which marks the paning
of the Seniors from these hallowed walls, vet these last hours were filled with much
gaiety and joy.
With a certain feeling of dignit)- mingled with reverence we took our places in
the May Procession, following the queen and her maids of honor to the grotto where
we crowned our Queen of queens. Our daisy chain procession, led by the fairest of
our members, escorted the Seniors to and from their class day ceremonies.
As a sign of our advancement in filling the vacano" to be left by the Seniors we
marched immediately after them in the Academic Procession on Graduation Day. With
sad but hopeful eyes we gazed upon them, filled with expectations that the coming
year would rind us all together in cur coveted position as leaders of O. L. E.
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Ilnior Pro.m Co.m.mittef
BUTLER, HELENA M.
53 Charlotte St., Worcester
CALLAHAN, MARIE T.
221 Grove St., Worcester
CALLAHAN, MARY M.
16 Shaffner St., Worcester
54 Maple St., Easthampton
DESMARAIS, MARY L.
79 Commonwealth Ave., Springfield
DONOGHUE, MARY C.
193 Sargeant St., Holyoke
DUGGAN, KATHLEEN B.
42 St. James Ave., Holyoke
EVERETT, ELIZABETH M.
293 Pleasant St., Laconia, N. H.
FINNEGAN, HELEN F.
8 Irene St., Worcester
GIBBONS, KATHRYN E.
15 Shannon St., Worcester
JOSEPH, CATHERINE A.
22 Central St., Winchendon
MEAGHER, HELEN F.
48 Lincoln St., Springfield
MILLETTE, FLORA V.
157 Phoenix Ter., Springfield
MULCAHY, RITA L.
7 Flynt Ave., Monson
23 Bemis St., Willimansett
State Road, Gt. Harrington
O'CONNOR, MARY R.
12 Charles St., Three Rivers
O DONNELL, MARY H.
52 Craiwell Ave., West Springfield
POWER, MARY de PAUL
80 Park Ave., Worcester
PRATT, HELEN B.
Brookside, Great Harrington
RILEY, MARGARET P.
15 Nixon Ave., Worcester
SHEA, EILEEN L.
81 Church St., Chicopee Falls
SHERIDAN, SHIRLEY K.
87 Sherman Ave., Chicopee
SMYTH, MARY W.
109 Melha Ave., Springfield
STILES, CONSTANCE M.
101 Hampden St., Holyoke
187 Lebanon St., Springfield
CASSIDY, MARY A.
20 Pleasant St., Uxbridge
COUGHLIN, RUTH A.
127 Woodside Ter., Springfield
DOWLING, MARY ELLEN
32 Buel St., Pittsfield
DOWNEY, EVELYN L
105 Garden St., West Springfield
HALLEIN, DOROTHY A.
992 Memorial Ave., West Springfield
HEFFERNAN, EILEEN M.
89 St. Paul St., North Smithfield, R. I.
145 Pleasant St., Easthampton
KEEGAN, MARY JANE
9 Orchard St., Pittsfield
KELLY, CATHERINE M.
38 Churchill St., Springfield
LARKIN, MARY R.
44 Castle Hill Ave., Great Barrington
LEARY, MARY M.
137 Paine St., Worcester
MAHAN, HELEN M.
145 High St., Lee
MANNING, MARY G.
1669 Northampton St., Holyoke
MONTCALM, ALINE L.
Ill Pine St., Holyoke
MORIN, LILLIAN M,
146 Rimmon Ave., Chicopee
MORRISON, L. ALINE
76 Warren St., Daiton
MURPHY, JOAN L,
44 Granfield St., Chicopee
NESBIT, MARY JANE
47 Forest St., Pittsfield
Customs House, Playa de Ponce, P.
SHEA, MARY E.
19 Melle St., Chicopee
SOMERS, ELINOR O.
285 Central St., Springfield
STONE, ANN G.
87 Livingston Ave., Springfield
SULLIVAN, ANNETTE T.
598 Worthington St., Springfield
TOOLE, MARY E.
42 Crown St., Springfield
VAN KEUREN, ALICE M.
36 Roosevelt Ave., Chicopee
WALSH, KATHERINE A.
119 Prospect St., North Adams
WOOD, FRANCES E.
74 Morton St., West Springfield
The crop oi 1942 is clearly dis-
cernible in the grove. Sister Elmites,
our own kith and kin, — the spec es
runs true to type. Were it not h^r
the difference of two years growt'i
it would be well nigh impossible to
distinguish this species from its
kindred, 1940, so intimately are the
two always blended and bound to-
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President CArnHRiNi; M. Ki;lly
Vice-President Mary Jani; Ki;i;gan
Secretary Mary E. Shha
Treasurer Mary E. Toole
CLASS COLORS Green and White
CLASS FLOWER Gardenia
CLASS OF 1942
With anticipation we looked forward to the Class of 1942; with pride
we called you "Little Sisters"; with regret we bid you farewell.
From the first day we saw you we had no doubt as to your superiority
and now, looking back on our two years with you we realize that we have
tested your friendship and your loyalty and we have not found you wanting
nor have we ever found that expression "true blue" was unbefitting you.
It is a spirit like yours, Class of 1942, upon which our Alma Mater will
flourish. Never lose your high ideals and remember that we, our "Big Sisters"
have high hopes for you.
The kelly-green shade that we sported during the year 1938-39 managed to wear
off a bit during the summer months and by the time September beckoned us again we
looked and acted the part of "gay, young Sophomores." Things had changed a great
deal in a very short time, for we found ourselves giving heart-to-heart talks in the
manner of those of long experience to the new Elmites, or indulging in a bit of French-
bedding and cube-wrecking. All in all we like the idea of being upperclassmen. You
don't realize what it does for the morale in the face of History lectures or French
But being a Sophomore involves more than the name. We were expected to
shoulder many new duties which heretofore had been unknown to us. Many offices in
the various clubs were taken by the class of '42 ; this meant more responsibility. It also
meant that our class was taking a more active part in school affairs, and were learning
little by little that there were many demands upon the college student — demands which
increased year by year.
Our first really hard work came at the time of the Hallowe'en Party. It is a tradi-
tion at Our Lady of the Elms that the Sophomore Class be held responsible by the
student body for the entertainment on that day. This includes refreshments, some
musical entertainment, favors, decorations, and the like. To have any success at all,
it is necessary to prepare for all this far in advance. The various committees were
quickly organized and everyone set to work whole-heartedly.
The entertainment was the principal problem. What would be funny, fast and
furious all at the same time? There was a great deal of brain-wracking those days.
Finally, someone suggested a skit called "the Elmsville Schoolhouse" modeled after
Gus Edwards' schooldays. This was decided upon when we thought of its great pos-
sibilities. In no time at all, the whole idea was worked into shape, songs were written,
parts were given out, dances arranged, and jokes thought up on a minute's notice.
The result was really hilarious. On the big night everyone in the class contributed
her share in making the results not only enjoyable but also a success. The refreshments
afterwards, vanished in the night. The Committee saw that there was a wealth of
doughnuts, cookies, apples, candy, nuts, and cider.
Well, we relaxed a while after that first attempt to show the Elms what we could
do, but we found that we couldn't sleep too long for Christmas came around and
Christmas at the Elms means a Concert. At this season the Sophomore Class again took
an active part in school affairs by their appearance in the Glee Club. Miss Mary Shea,
a talented member of our class, represented us as one of the soloists and sang remark-
After Christmas, when the Bridge Club was announced for Sunday nights, the
Sophs came forward, and especially four industrious little girls who wanted to learn
The basketball season brought the necessity of new uniforms for the class. With
the capable guidance of the Captain, Miss Mary A. Cassidy, a selection was finally made.
Our class colors are green and white, so these were incorporated in the suits. The finished
product was a white shirt, embroidered on the back with the word "Elms" and above
the pocket with the nickname of the player in bright green. The skirt was of the flared
type and of the same shade of green. The result gave an effect which was pleasing
to the eye.
The Sophomores have always been interested in Dramatics; so naturally the Passion
Play, "Pilate"s Daughter," was a major attraction. The very important role of Claudia,
daughter of Pilate, was taken this year by a class member, Miss Ruth Coughlan, who
not only acted but looked the part of a lovely young Christian. Another minor role
was taken by Miss Mary Ellen Dowling. Of course. Sophomores are always numbered
among the Christian women, whose main duty is to sing well and look pious. We are
sure of the former, and quite positive of the latter.
It is not to be thought, however, that it was all work and no play for the Sophomores
during the year 1939-40. Indeed not! And what is the most favorite form of recreation
that involves excitement, glamour, fun and general hilarity? The proms of course!
Our first try at the art of dancing was presented to us in the fall when we had the Elmata
Dance, given by the Seniors. It was an informal affair and the little Sophs decked them-
selves out for their respective dates (and the admiring looks, we hope, of their fellow
students) . But the most important event of all took place in the early part of February —
The Junior Promenade. There were gorgeous gowns of every color in the rainbow,
smiling faces and nimble feet. This was a lucky year for the Sophomores for here and
there we saw orchid corsages — the crowning event in the life of any young thing. Irma
Padilla, our Puerto Rican import, always original, had one of the most glamorous dates
of the evening — a young medical student from Georgetown, Washington, D. C. The
Senior Prom in May tied for honors of being outstanding successes and the Sophomores
again took their places in the ranks of promgoers.
The Class of '42 considers their Sophomore year one of the gayest and most active
years in their life ; and it is with fond hope that they look to the succeeding years that
they may measure up to 1939-40.
Mary Ellen Dowling '42.
Sophomores ping-pong with their Sisters"
"There buds the promise of celestial
Yes, a great harvest do we expect
from our latest arrivals in the grove.
It is not alone their numbers — the
highest ever — upon which we found
our expectations. Their quick ac-
climation, their zealous emulation of
the spirit of the grove, their steady,
rapid growth, — all these are promis-
ing portents for the crop of 1943.
President Elinor White
Vice-President Anne O'Connell
CLASS COLORS Blue and White
Treasurer Mildred Hourihan
Secretary Dorothy Heffernan
CLASS FLOWER Bachelor Bittton
CLASS OF 1943
the Gnu s Who's Who.
"Forgiie." she cried, "the snub I threw'.
I feared you ii ere some parley nul
'Tis my regret u e'ie never met.
I kneu a Gnu u ho knew of you."
This lias n't true. What's that to you?
The neu Gnu knew she knew he knew.
These were the Hnes that chased the Freshmen down the nights and down
the days of their initiation week here. What glorious days for us Seniors who
had not forgotten our own initiation of four years ago. Our rules of initiation
were partly dictated by the remembrance of those days when legitimately and
with permission we used the elevator because our sntf and aciiing bones could
not make the stairs after the setting-up exercises of Elms Night. But in spite
of our rigorous regulations, religiously imposed, the dauntless and optimistic
spirit of the Freshmen smiled forth as they courageously set about their pre-
scribed tasks. It is no wonder that they so very quickly became a part of
O. L. E. because they so whole-heartedly and so early entered into the spirit
of the College. And so upon the Freshmen we shower laurels for their
enthusiastic, cooperative and loyal spirit manifested throughout the year.
In the midst of a jumbled mass of suitcases, trunks, and girls, a certain group stood
out so prominently that there was no mistaking them — they were the new Freshman
dorm students. In the general excitement of claiming trunks and finding rooms the
Frosh wandered about and made themselves acquainted with one another. Soon the
upperclassmen took pity on the frightened group and did their best to dispel a sinking
feeling of home-sickness. The first night was the most trying in our college year since
for many of us it was our first night completely on our own with none of our family or
friends with us.
The next day the dorm students met the day students and instead of a group of
frightened girls there were forty-eight of us who glanced about in apprehension at the
vastness of the building in which we found ourselves. The Freshman class had arrived
en masse but didn't know one room from the other. Some milled about in the confusion
stopping now and then to inquire of strangers the numbers of the different classrooms.
All felt acutely aware of their own naivete as they watched the upperclassmen non-
chalantly strolling past. So, throughout the day, they wandered from class to class
aghast at their apparent lapses of memory when questioned about the various things
they should have learned in high school. The first day all went home with class num-
bers, figures, and course cards — causes of severe cases of insomnia. In a few days,
the dorm students had lost all traces of homesickness and were enjoying themselves
exploring the campus and the city of Chicopee while the day students were becoming
familiar with everything in the building from the elevator (not for students' use) to the
cafeteria. They had now come into their own and considered themselves as sedate as
the Seniors strolling through the corridors. Their new dignity was short-lived though,
when initiation week began. But, they reveled in it and saluted the Seniors in regal
style. If the Frosh cculd have known the reward they were to receive for their troubles,
they would have gladly walked on their heads as well as on one high heel and one low.
For, lo, the Frosh were given a party in O'Leary Hall by the Seniors after initiation.
How the welkin rang that night as Seniors laid aside their dignity and tripped the light
fantastic with the Frosh. The good-will between Senior and Freshman was firmly sealed
that night. All were still talking about the Freshman reception when, before we could
catch our breaths, the Sophomores gave a Hallowe'en party at which we had fun galore.
The spiritual side of life was as enthusiastically adopted by the students as the
scholastic side. The majority of Freshmen had never made a spiritual retreat before and
to them it was a new and inspiring experience. Then, too, came the thrill for the day
students of staying on campus with resident friends. A reward for our good behaviour
during those retreat days was a general week-end. How very important the Freshmen
felt as they stood beside the Seniors with their week-end bags waiting for the taxis.
So. we took ourselves and our newly acquired collegiate dignity and knowledge home
to be brought out on a minutes notice for the benefit of any fellow townsmen we
happened to meet.
Then, oh thrill of thrills, the Freshmen were going to a dance — the Elmata sport
dance. The Seniors are still astounded at the way they were set upon en masse by the
Freshmen for tickets. Naturally we were slightly skeptical about the success of the
dance when we found out it was to be held in the gym and two days before we went
down to look at the gym and saw only basketball nets and courts. We were forced to
literally eat our words, however, the night of the dance when we stepped from the
corridor into a beautiful harvest scene. The Seniors had made the gym one of the most
attractive of dance fleers and had supplemented their good taste in decoration with a
fine orchestra and plenty of refreshments. What more could one ask for?
Christmas swept upon us while we were still thinking about our last holiday.
Before we knew it we had received another invitation (we were a much feted class)
this time to a Christmas dinner and party. The class turned out in its best bib and tucker
with its very healthy appetites. Our subsequent devouring of all the turkey was our
way of letting Reverend Mother know how good it really was. The dinner was climaxed
by the Christmas party in the evening.
We returned from vacation with jovial spirits which were soon dimmed by the
approaching exams. Frightened frosh could be seen muttering formulae and rules to
themselves. Armed with some excellent advice from our Sophomore friends we entered
study hall for exams. Oh, horrors of horrors, how right those Sophs had been. Strangely
enough, we all survived and took a new resolution — to really study this term.
But into ever)- sadness must come a little joy. The Junior prom was the right
antidote for the exams. It is still rather difficult to say which was more fun, the flurry
of preparation or the prom itself. All that day there was a steady trek of day students
to O'Leary Hall to view the gowns of their sisters, to enthuse over them and "oh" —
and "ah" over the corsages that messenger boys kept bringing. That night all Freshmen
eyes were dazzled with the myriad of color and all danced in perfect bliss.
It was with equal zest and wonder that we Freshmen participated in the many
activities which followed each other in quick succession until Commencement Week.
And then, oh superlatives, you are too inadequate to describe such an affair. Such a gay
round of fun I Life seemed like one perpetual holiday with Frosh trailing and tripping
over their afternoon gowns. Senior prom. May Day, Daisy Chain Day, our heads reeled
with excitement over it all as we participated for the first time in events of such impor-
tance. Then came Baccalaureate Sunday. As the Seniors marched up the aisle of the
auditorium in somber black, eyes were a trifle dim as we thought of losing the friends
we had made such a short while ago and a silent prayer went up for them that theirs
might be the "primrose path" as ours had been through their efforts.
What happens next? We leave it to the fates. Our first year has been so full of
pleasant surprises that we can hardly be expected to guess the future. We hope, how-
ever, that after four years, Seniors, our air of knowledge and dignity shall equal yours
when we don that regal cap and gown.
Mildred Hourihax '43.
BARDSLEY, KATHLEEN M.
2 5 Oak St.. Uxbridge
35 Forest St., Willimansett
218 Sumner Ave., Springfield
BOYLE, THERESA A.
51 Lyndale St.. Springfield
CAMPBELL, THERESA M.
14 Florence St., Worcester
CARLTON, L. CLAIRE
90 Richmond Ave., North Adams
CARROLL. ALICE M.
15 Witherell St., Worcester
CLARKE, MILDRED T.
55 Hampden St., Indian Orchard
DIGGLES, JANET M.
40 Annandale Rd., Newport, R. I.
102 Woodlawn St.. Springfield
140 Pine St., Holyoke
50 No. Bridge St., Holyoke
2 Taylor St., South Hadley Falls
391 Meadow St., Agawam
65 Ferry St., Easthampton
GLAVIN, ROSEMARY A.
Russell Rd., Blanford
GROVER, RITA A.
60 Forest Ave., Greenfield
60 Charles St., Pittsfield
HEFFERNAN, DOROTHY A.
13 Dartmouth St., Newport, R. I.
838 Westfield St., West Springfield
HOULIHAN, BARBARA F.
6 Capt. Mac. St., Chicopee
145 Pleasant St., Easthampton
118 Walnut St., Holyoke
no Bell St., Chicopee
MALLEY, M. ELEANOR
35 Washington Ave., Northampton
80 Roy St., Springfield
60 Sheldon St., Springfield
NESBIT, ANNE E.
47 Forest Place, Pittsfield
State Road, Great Harrington
54 Laurel St., Worcester
47 No. Summer St., Holyoke
18 Henry Harris St., Chicopee
OUIMETTE, CLAIRE 1.
57 Tremont St., Chicopee
23 Leonard St., Greenfield
SAWYER, JANICE M.
43 Oread St., Worcester
291 Oakland St.. Springfield
SHEEHAN, ELIZABETH A.
60 Edgewood Ave.. Longmeadow
SPENCE, MARGARET M.
3 Montgomery Ave.. Pittsfield
SULLIVAN, ALICE M.
No. Main St., South Hadley Falls
SULLIVAN, ELIZABETH A.
53 New South St.. Northampton
24 Woodlawn St.. Springfield
TIERNEY, MARGARET E.
715 West St., Pittsfield
TORRES, SYLVIA M.
Box 175, Guayama, Puerto Rico
24"' Maple St., Holyoke
VALDIVIESO, EMILIA J.
Box 927, Ponce, Puerto Rico
VINCENT, ELIZABETH E.
43 High St., Southbridge
124 Dorset St., Springfield
"As the tirig is bent, so the tree is
To assure a full, all-round devel-
opment the grove provided every
variety of activity. Follov^^ing the
injunction of the Divine Sower prime
attention was centered upon the
functions of the soul — the sap, as it
were, that permeated every branch
and fibre giving sustenance and life.
"All things else" were then added
for the further embellishment of the
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Freshman Initiation Week
Mass of the Holy Ghost
Cap and Gown Sunday-
Dramatic Club: Be A Little Cuckoo
Holy Cross Debate
Lecture: Nursing and its Opportuni-
ties" by Miss Amy Daniels, R. N.
Dramatic Club: Pilate's Daughter
Glee Club: Concert Sodality Party for
Lecture: "Journalism " by Mrs. Charles
Junior Party to the Seniors
The Marquee: 'The Thirty-Three "
Springfield Chapter: Mrs. Inman's
' Famous Paintings of Famous
Lecture: "Librar)- Science' by Miss
La Corte Castellana Christmas Program
Musical Clubs' Christmas Concert
Senior-Alumnae Basketball Game
French Club Interclass Debate
Lecture: "The Pre-School" by Miss
Interclass Basketball Games
Forty Hours' Devotion
"Catholicism " and Contemporary
Thought " by Rev. Martin C.
D Arc)', S. J.
"Catholicism and Contemporary
World" by Rev. Martin C.
D'Arcy, S. J.
French Club: " Le Bonnet d'Ane "
Senior Play: "Taming of the Shrew"
" Catholicism and European Crisis"
by Rev. Gerald G. Walsh, S. J.
"Catholicism and Democracy in
America " by Rev. Gerald G.
Walsh, S. J.
High School Day
SODALITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
SODALITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
OFFICERS 1939 - 1940
Prefect Mary Rosi-; Durnin
Vice-Prefect Helkn Finnegan
Secretary MuRiRL Hourihan
Treasurer Mary di-: Paul PowiiR
Mary Maguire, chaiiman
Annette Lalibeite, chairman
Dorothy Clifford, chairman
Marie A. Stone
Lorraine Horan, chairman
Mary Ellen Dowling
Queen's Work Committee
College Advisory Board
BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
"O Virgin pure and sweet and fair
W^e bring our blossoms to your feet
And u ith our hearts u e leave them there."
The Blessed Mother of God, our protectress and queen was to be the recipient of
all the blossoms we could gather during the year in carrying out our Sodality activities.
With our hearts we were to leave them at her feet. It was with this thought in mind
we began the planning of a program which would enable us to gather the sweetest and
On the first Friday of each month the spiritual meetings of the Sodality were held
in the chapel. Holy Hour and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament were given by our
Reverend Moderator, Doctor Jeremiah P. Sheehan.
We saw upon the altar placed
The Victim of the greatest love
We prayed, gave thanks and pardon sought
And joined in praise the choirs above.
REPORT FROM A REGIONAL MEETING
On Novmber 13th and l4th four representatives attended the Regional meeting
held at Boston College and presided over by Reverend Daniel A. Lord, S. J. The dis-
cussion centered around the pivotal idea of "A Cause, A Leader, and A Program."
We brought back enthusiastic reports and ideas which inspired us to work more efficiently
and earnestly in the carrying out of that program which has devolved upon us as fol-
lowers of the Leader, Christ, whose cause we have espoused.
FIRST MAJOR MEETING OF THE SODALITY
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
No more beautiful day could be chosen for the reception of the new members into
the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin. Forty-eight Freshmen had signified their desire to
be admitted. The procession to the chapel was lead by the Sodality officers followed by
the candidates and Sodalists. The address, delivered by Reverend John Reilly, pastor
of the church of Christ the King, Worcester, called to our attention that in following
the way of Mary we follow the way of her Divine Son and thus become Christians in
the real meaning of the word — Christ-like.
"It is more blessed to giie than to receive."
With this spirit of generosity and of joy we turned our attention to the Christmas
charity work and to the traditional Sodality Christmas Party held in conjunction with
the Glee Club Concert. This year found an addition in the form of a Nativity play
under the direction of the Marquee.
In anticipation of giving cheer at Christmastide, each sodalist for the three meetings
before the holiday season, brought to the meeting an admission fee of a game, a toy,
a pair of hand-made mittens or a scrap-book. Christmas found us with some three
hundred and fifty articles at our disposal. An "Old Clothes Week" netted many a box
of used but wearable articles. All these gifts were distributed in our own home town
mission of Chicopee. Twelve heavily and gaily laden baskets were arranged and delivered
to destitute families by fairy god-mothers under the leadership of Ruth Dinneen.
Distributing the Christmas Baskets
MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC CLUBS
Silent Night ......... Traditional
ACT I— THE HOUSE AT NAZARETH
Magnificat, Inspired Word ...... Gaul
Soloist, Margaret AToriarty
Celestial Choirs ....... Carpenter
ACT II— Scene I— THE INN
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks .... Martin
Soloist. Loriaine Horan
Scene 2— THE HILLS ABOVE BETHLEHEM
Interlude — Holy Mother Sings ..... McKinney
Soloist, Mary Shea
Recitative — Fear Not
Glory to God ........ Martin
Interlude — Hodif ........ Lanus
A cappella Choir
ACT 1II~THE INN
When Christ W.\s Born ....... Johns
THE MANGER SCENE
Gesu Bambino .......... Yon
Soloist, Mary Power
Cast of Characters:
Mary ..... Rita Mulcahy
Joseph ..... Barbara Norton
Simon, the Innkeeper . . . Frances Wood
Dorcas, his daughter .... Anne Boyd
Shepherds . . Elizabeth Hayes, Ruth Dinneen
Eileen Shea. Mary Larkin
An.^el ..... Mary Callahan
Accompanies. Helen Finnegan
Conductor, Margaret Meehan
ACTIVITIES OF MISSION COMMITTEE
Early in the year Dorothy CHfford announced that the Mission Committee had at
heart the interests of both foreign and home missions.
Soon after our return from the Christmas hohdays a large box, which was filled
with numerous articles, was sent to a mission in the south. Plans were made for a Doll
Contest and a Religious Article Collection. The dolls were dressed by the girls in the
various garbs that fancy favored. Beads, medals, holy pictures, scapulars, prayer-books,
statutes and crucifixes were all included in the Religious Article Collection. Thus in
April another box wended its way southward laden with dolls and religious articles.
ACTIVITIES OF EUCHARISTIC COMMITTEE
A greater love for Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and for His Holy Mother was
to be the chief accomplishment of the Eucharistic Committee, under the able direction
of Mary Maguire.
During the holy season of Lent perpetual Vigil before the Blessed Sacrament was
kept by the Sodalists. Early in December a contest featuring the recognition of scenes
in the life of Our Blessed Mother was sponsored by the Eucharistic Committee. Later
this committee assembled in a beautifully illustrated book the meditations written by
the girls at that time.
M.AKiNG Posters for the Sodality Bulletin
Mary T. Dolan
Mary Rose Durnin
The Literary Club was formed in early November with twenty-five enthusiasts.
Informal gatherings under the capable direction of Annette Laliberte were held every
two weeks. At these meetings reports of current books were given and then discussed
and criticized. The author's life was considered in an effort to discover what influence
it might have had on the writing. Miss Mary Garst, our own librarian, was one of the
first to address us, taking for her subject, "Biographies and Historic Novels. " From
these literary meetings we have carried away with us a wealth of literary lore which no
one will ever take from us.
BIG - LITTLE - SISTER CLUB
Barbara A. Norton
Mary M. Leary
LITTLE SISTER DAY
In December fifty of our Sodaliscs adopted, each one, a "Little Sister" at Mount
Saint Vincent in Holyolce. Since that time visits have been made with the girls. Every
week found letters winging their way to Holyoke. At Christmas time each "Big Sister"
surprised her "Little Sister" with a Santa Claus box. Birthdays during the year were
remembered with gifts, cards and visits. The cheery welcome and the happiness beaming
on the faces of the little ones more than repaid the sacrifices that our visits and little
attentions entailed. Early in March our own campus re-echoed the childish voices of
these little sisters. The little ones were transported from Holyoke by the private cars
of the girls. An entertainment given by the big sisters was followed by games which
were enjoyed equally by Big and Little. Toward evening a tempting party lunch was
served in the dining hall of O'Leary Hall, thus bringing an end to a most enjoyable day.
Feting the Litti.f Ones
"Retreat as the healing of the little diseases which may have crept into our spiritual
constitution" was the theme of our annual retreat which opened on Wednesday evening,
October 18. Rev. William Herlihy, S. J., of Boston, our retreat master, urged us to
look upon our retreat as so much time "which would be spent in spiritual diagnosis and
prescribing suitable remedies."
Holy Mass opened each day's program and then throughout the day there were four
conferences held in the Chapel. Silence, the general rule of the retreat, was interrupted
by a one-hour recreation period immediately after dinner. Mary Rose Durnin, prefect
of the Sodality took charge of the five-minute spiritual reading at the beginning of each
meal. Benediction brought to a fitting close these days spent in close union with Christ.
To every student the retreat has a deep meaning, but to the Seniors it has a more
definite significance. It marks, not only the last retreat made in the shelter of Our Lady
of the Elms, but that time in which each graduate-to-be would ask from Our Blessed
Lord guidance for her future and grace to carry forth into the world the principles of
truth and righteousness which she has been taught here.
We were reminded of our responsibilities in life, when Father Herlihy brought
before us the conditions of the world today and our position therein as graduates of a
Catholic College. At retreat time, more than ever, did we realize our obligations as
Catholics to God, to our school and to ourselves and at that time too, did we firmly
resolve to be true daughters of Our Lady.
All too soon did the retreat come to a close. On the morning of the last day,
Father offered Mass for our intentions. The closing conference was an eloquent chal-
lenge to our gratitude and appreciation for the beautiful and priceless gift which we had
received in our Catholic faith. Benediction and the Papal Blessing brought to an end
our days of meditation and prayer.
MOTHER - DAUGHTER TEA
On a bright, sunny day in May, the i;irls of O. L. E. played hostesses to their
Mothers at the annual Mother-Daughter Tea, which was held in the gymnasium, gaily
decorated for the occasion by the committee which included Mary Dolan, Mary O'Donnell,
and Ruth Coughlan. This same committee, in charge of Decorations and Favors, were
likewise responsible for the selection of those pretty marble statuettes of the Blessed
Virgin, which we gave as favors to our Mothers. In the program we had prepared for
the occasion, we availed ourselves of every opportunity to convey to our dear Mothers
the love and gratitude of our hearts.
We were honored in having as our guest soloist. Miss Natalie Bodanya of the
Metropolitan Opera House. Her charming and lovely personality captured our hearts,
and her beautiful renditions of the aria from "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Tale of the
Vienna Woods" made the walls of Veritas Auditorium ring with applause. The com-
mittee in charge comprised Helen Gorman, Constance Kennedy, Mary Desmarais and
Then ensued the exodus of the Mothers to the gymnasium, where a game of bridge
was enjoyed by both mothers and daughters. The committee including Margaret Meehan,
Mary Callahan, Jane Keegan poured tea. With the departing of our Mothers another
note was added to memory's notebook never to be forgotten by us.
Inoculating A Culture
SOCIAL ACTION CLUB
Virginia A. Adams
Annette M. Lalibhrte
Helen L. Gorman
SOCIAL ACTION CLUB
This year the Social Action Forum was graced by the presence of many eminent
Catholic women — outstanding not only for excellence in their own individual field but
also for zeal in preserving and spreading our holy religion through their own particular
work. Miss Amy Daniels of the Massachusetts Board of Registry of Nurses was the
first to address our group and gave us the first inkling of the superior program which
was to be developed throughout the year. Filled with a really apostolic ardor she showed
very descriptively by citing experiences in which she had played the major role, the
marvelous opportunities of which a Catholic nurse can avail herself and make her hour
upon the stage of life one in which every second aims towards her goal.
Mrs. Charles V. Ryan who writes for the "Columbia" under the nom de plume
of Josephine MacDonald continued with a lecture and forum discussion on journalism
as a career for women and on free-lance writing. Interspersed among her witticisms was
the wonderful ideal which inspires her work. This ideal expressed itself in her belief
that as Catholics we had something to offer the world — a marvelous something which
no one else but Catholics could offer and which it is our duty to offer.
The subsequent lectures treated many other fields open to women — such as child
work, detective work, and so forth. Among our speakers we counted some of our own
Alumnae who have soared high in their flight towards success and who have returned
to tell us of the interesting phases of their flight. We have derived much inspiration
and encouragement from these varied and interesting programs.
SENIOR PARTY TO FRESHMEN
Forty-nine Freshmen, scared but determined to have a very good time, were called
for by their Junior Sisters, who arranged them in green sashes and bows because, you see,
it was Elms night — the night of our traditional freshman welcoming. This night marked
the completion of Initiation Week — a week in which the Freshmen had to live in
accordance with a series of atrocious Senior-imposed rules. All passed very successfully
the mitiation and this night marked the finale in their strenuous week.
The activities began with a party in O'Leary Hall. The Juniors led their Freshman
Sisters to their seats while the Seniors acted as hostesses. This night was the first occasion
on which the entire school was gatlicrcd together in the presence of the Freshmen, and
we had a feeling that the Freshmen were impressed by the singing of our traditional
school and class songs in the dim candlelight.
Then the entire student body and faculty moved en masse to the gym where the
Seniors put on a minstrel show. The specialty numbers were done extemporaneously by
the still much-scared Freshmen. However, every one was in such a jolly mood that all
fears soon fled, and when called upon to perform, those Freshmen were amazingly in-
genious. After the show general dancing was enjoyed.
SOPHOMORE PARTY TO SENIORS
With Ida Clare, Will Power, Paul Bearer and many others replying "pre.sent" to
the roll call of Miss Prim, the only teacher in Flmsville School, the Sophomores enter-
tained the students and faculty of the College at the Hallowe'en party given in honor
of the Senior class. Katherine Walsh, as Miss Prim, portrayed an old school marm who
tried against odds to hold an hilarious group in check. At the close of school, it was
an apple for the Seniors instead of "An Apple for the Teacher. " Attached to each
shining apple was a pretty green pigskin purse, proudly bearing an Elms sticker. After
each Senior had received her favor, there were apples for everyone, along with quan-
tities of cider and doughnuts, served in buffet style in a room adjoining the gymnasium.
Gradually the various groups returned to the gym where they danced for a few
more hours to the latest recordings of their favorite orchestras. It was a tired but very
happy group that finally left the gym as the clock on the wall pointed to a late hour.
Perhaps the happiest of all were the Sophomores who were rewarded for their efforts
by the praise and thanks of the entire College.
Pumpkins everywhere — great, tall corn stalks and a big full moon peeping through —
soft, yellow lights — bright, crisp dance music — thus did the chairman of decorations,
Julia Flahive, set the gymnasium for a real harvest dance — the Senior's own Elmata
With Barbara Norton as general chairman, preparations took definite shape in short
order. Her assistants carried out her clever and unique suggestions to the letter. Mary
Venancio served as chairman of refreshments while tickets were under the capable
supervision of Rita Burke. Mary Maguire's choice of Bob Gavoni's orchestra met with
the approval of everybody. The dance received due recognition and publicity, not only
on the campus by means of attractive posters but also in mteresting newspaper items
under Margaret Mahcney's able guidance.
At last the long awaited night arrived. The first floor of O'Leary Hall resounded
with the chatter of happy girls, dressed in the most chic of sport ensembles as they
greeted their escorts. Greetings over and introductions accomplished, groups proceeded
over to the Administration Building.
Tables were arranged along the walls of the gymnasium, spread with crepe paper
cloths in keeping with the harvest color scheme. Candles burned in their unique holders
of large rosy apples. Soon every flair for dancing was finding expression in the variety
of music given by the orchestra. Slow, dreamy waltzes drifted into lively fox trots, and
again breath-taking tangos faded into waltzes. Swing enthusiasts were made right at
home by a wide choice of selections.
A short intermission afforded time for the serving of refreshments. Upon the return
of the orchestra to the dance floor, time seemed to fly on the wings of Mercury toward
the close of a perfectly enjoyable evening. It became the universal opinion of those
who attended the gala affair, that the Senior social calendar had a grand opening to a
much looked-forward-to and exciting year.
MONSIGNOR DOYLE SCIENCE CLUB
MONSIGNOR DOYLE SCIENCE CLUB
The Monsi^nor Doyle Science Club has as its primary interest the progress that
science has made in the past and the problems which it is endeavoring to solve in the
present. It has opened up to its members new vistas of thought and speculation. Motion
pictures, projection slides, photo-electric cells, radio, polarized light and ultraviolet rays
have helped to maintain this interest.
In its various activities, the Science Club has portrayed the important role that science
plays in the modern world. It has rightfully recognized the Church as the promoter of
science and the patron of scientists, and members have become familiar with the con-
tributions which Catholics have made to the world's scientific knowledge.
It is to be hoped that we, as young Catholic women, will follow this scientific trend
of our era and will acquire a greater appreciation of science, always harmonizing it with
our Catholic ideals.
May the Science Club continue to hold aloft the blazing torch of truth in science.
Oi'iKAiiNt. Our Own Films
Mary Ellen Dowlino
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Under the capable guidance of its president, Marie Stone, '40, and its Reverend
Directress, the Dramatic Club this year has been very successful. Its yearly programme
has included not a few traditional productions and also several innovations.
One of the outstanding innovations of the year was the organization of the little
theatre. A dream of the directors of the club for several years, the little theatre was
actually realized when a room in the Administration Building was set apart and arranged
for that purpose early in the autumn. Here all plays are worked on and produced.
Following closely upon this introduction was the movement for student direction of
plays and student management of costuming and stage craft. The aim of this move-
ment was to stimulate interest and to provide an outlet for talent as well as to develop
that which was already evident. This idea has been carried out with great success and
enthusiasm, every member of the club who has so desired being given an opportunity
to coach a play, manufacture and set up scenery, or costume the cast.
At the monthly meetings, reviews of current plays and discussions concerning the
theatre of our day were followed up by the presentation of some play. Among the
best of the monthly productions were "Be a Little Cuckoo" by Howard Reed, and
"The Thirty-three" adopted from Eugene Pillot's "Two Crooks and A Lady." Some
of the most important roles of the numbers were played by Seniors, including Catherine
Fitzgerald, Mary Rose Durnin, Margaret Mahoney, and Helen Gorman. The month
of May was devoted to the inter-class contest, which was the occasion of not a little
stimulating rivalry and genuine entertainment.
Staginc, Our Own Productions
The entire College combined to make "Pilate's Daughter", the traditional Lenten
play sponsored annually on Palm Sunday by the Dramatic Club, one of the major
activities of the school year. Written by Reverend Francis L. Kenzel, C. SS. R., of
Roxbury, "Pilate's Daughter " has been produced by the College Dramatic Club for six
years, each year at least filling the entire seating capacity of our spacious auditorium.
Each year along the way has found it meeting with the same triumphant success and
this year it was repeated with a no less appreciative audience.
The sacred drama has for its main theme the legend of a rose which was tossed
to Christ as He passed on His way to Calvary. This rose which touched the robe of
Christ never withered, but was the source of many miracles. Through its power, Claudia,
the daughter of Pilate, gains many conversions and heavenly rest for herself. The story,
centering around the Passion of Chri.st and the early struggles of the Christians makes
a strong appeal to the religious emotions. Its gorgeous .scenes, breath-taking climaxes,
and its mighty lines have made possible its place among the best and noblest of dramatic
SCFNE FROM THE SECOND ACT
SENIOR CLASS PLAY
"The Tjii/iufi of the Shrew"
Mary Rose Durnin
NJd r M ^ n I I
L\ nil lAll I
Deborah Clancy, Acnes Gtillv. Constance Kennedy
Mary Ellen Dowling
Mary Jane Nesbit
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Today, when the relative importance cf the classics is a widely discussed question,
we make known our position with regard to this subject by the inclusion of Latin in the
curriculum and the maintenance of a Classical Club. Not only is Latin included in the
curriculum, but it is also required as a course of study for all first and second year
students. The Classical Club, an extra-curricular activity closely allied with the Latin
courses, affords students an opportunity of further developing their interests in this field.
It makes possible the acquiring of much cultural background to supplement the work
of the classroom.
Interesting facts dealing with the more important classicists have been brought to
light at various meetings of the club. But perhaps the greatest accomplishment of the
club was the presentation of Latin plays. The production of the late winter play proved
to be one of the most interesting programmes of the year.
As ONE RoM.\N L.ADY TO Two Othhrs
ElLFFN HliFri RNAN
"Music hath charm to soothe the savage beast." Indeed the perfectly blended
voices of the Glee Club are a balm for sorrow and an inspiration for joy. Ever ready
to add to the success of any college function the Glee Club has offered enrapturing
and bewitching performances at such widely diversified presentations as the Christmas
Party, Pilate's Daughter, Graduation, Cap and Gown Sunday, and many others. How
inconceivable the Christmas Party would be without the gay carols and solemn hymns
of the Glee Club! How incomplete the Graduation program would be without the
dignified and charming selection of the Glee Club!
The cap sheaf of the Glee Club's activities occurred at the Mother-Daughter Tea
in May when it presented the Operetta "In Grand Old Switzerland." This was a true
test of the Glee Club's ability and a proof of its worth. The auditorium echoed in song;
gay young voices filled the air; and a lovely dream of Switzerland life came true.
Under the talented and artistic direction of its President, Miss Margaret Meehan
and under the tireless and generous coaching of its Reverend Directress, the Glee Club
has had a well-filled and excellent year and has helped its members and their friends
to realize that music is and ever will be one of the most beautiful and lovely things
A CAPPELLA CHOIR
Composed of seventeen charming and enchanting voices which harmonize and
blend excellently the A cappella choir is an organization whose performances are awaited
with anticipation and received with acclaim. It is not unusual for them to render in a
masterly and finished manner such difiicult and intricate selections as those of Palestrina.
Their talent, however, is not restricted to these selections alone for simple numbers, such
as "Carry Me Back to Ole Virginny" and "Mighty Lak a Rose," are rendered by them
in a delightful fashion. Many times, too, the chapel has resounded with their gorgeous
voices raised in song to their Maker and King.
With such diversified renditions the A cappella choir has found success in all its
performances and to its members we say — "Your talent was not in vain."
ROLLLR-SKATING ROUND THl: GYM
M. J. B. DEBATING CLUB
M. J. B. DEBATING CLUB
To enable its members to speak fluently, to express themselves logically and to
develop poise — these are the objectives of the M. J. B. Debating society. The accom-
plishment of these objectives becomes a reality in the inter-mural debates held at its
meetings. Current topics are weighed in a logical way and presented in a charming
and appealing manner. Both sides argue so well and efficiently that the judges find it
difficult to render their decisions.
The final debate held publicly in May was a conclusive proof of the ability of the
members of the M. J. B. Debating society. The four classes were represented in the
debate and an interesting and educational discussion was enjoyed by the members of
the faculty, the student body and their friends.
With such worthwhile objectives and enthusiastic participation on the part of its
members, the Debating Club will continue to be a successful and valuable function of
LA CORTE CASTELLAN A
This year the uppermost consideration of the Spanish Club was the definite purpose
that it set forth as an ideal. This purpose underHed all the year's activities and lended
variety, novelty and a broadening outlook on Spanish life. La Corte Castellana
endeavored to increase the members' interest in Spanish speaking countries, their customs,
peoples, culture and literature. This goal was reached through lectures, reading, and
discussions in Spanish on interesting phases of contemporary Spanish life. The beauty
of Spanish literature and the high quality of Spanish culture found dramatic expression
in "La Broma" which was presented at one of the club's major meetings. The playing
of popular Spanish games gave a concrete example of customary Spanish entertainment.
Greater facility in the use of the Spanish tongue resulted as one of the by-products of
our animated informal debates. The club's activities were climaxed by a social and a
business meeting at which were discussed benefits of the various club functions and
advantages already realized.
A Lesson in Fan Technique
Mary Ellen Dowling
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Debates, dramatic producticns, lectures, contests, social hours and a French paper —
these are the means by which the French Club in its bi-monthly meetings seeks to accom-
plish its aim — that of bridging the gap between theory and practice. With membership
open to all who are interested in French and who desire to take active part in the society,
the French Club has a wealth of material and energy to assure the successful accomplish-
ment of its aim.
The first proof of the successful application of theory to practice was in an excellent
debate in which a capable team composed of Seniors and Sophomores vied with an
equally qualified team of Juniors and Freshmen on the question, Resolved: The radio is
a better means of advertisement than the press. The former team, using all its power
of persuasion and experience finally convinced the judges of the affirmative.
The presentation of "Le Bonnet d'Ane," a comedy in one act brought out the
dramatic ability of members of the club. With a superior cast and well organized scenic
facilities the club presented an entertaining and educational production worthy of a
The Club encourages French conversation in two ways — by sponsoring a contest
with awards of two gold fleur de lis medals, and by the maintenance of a French table
in the dining hall for members of the Club.
An outlet for writing ability is found in the "Chuchotements des Ormes" a monthly
publication of the club to which all members subscribe.
After an active and profitable year, the French Club closed its program with a
bridge social where "la belle langue fran^aise" reigned supreme.
Editing thf (jh c.iiotfmf.nts
The gym this year seemed to resound louder than ever with the cheerful, enthusiastic
shouts voicing the spirits of young athletes in strenuous play. Our outdoor tennis
tournament having been rained out, basketball carried on this enthusiasm. The basket-
ball season opened formally with a never-to-be forgotten Alumnae-Senior game, January
20th. After this formal opening, basketball practice for the intermural games started.
The Freshmen won the admiration of all the teams by proving at the first their sports-
manship, fighting spirit and zeal. This year we successfully inaugurated a different
method of playing off tournament by having "double headers" with all four teams play-
ing the same night. The last game of the season found the Seniors retaining their title
of school champions.
After the basketball season, interest was diverted to various other sports. Volley
ball proved to be so very popular that a tournament was decided upon to determine the
most capable team. Shuffle board was introduced as a new interest feature of the gym.
Paddle tennis was more popular than any preceding year, reaching its peak of popularity
during the singles and double tournament. Badminton provided diversion for many
other sport enthusiasts.
Ping-pong caught the interest of all and rapid fire of the balls bounding across the
table was a familiar sound in the gym. When the beautiful days of spring came, volley
ball came out of its winter location and took its new position on the campus where it
continued to hold much attention. It vied as the sport of the day with softball at which
some in the club proved themselves very apt.
With the blossoming of spring an Outing Club was formed. Long hikes and
picnics, with swimming afterwards, were the features of this club. With the commg of
early summer, tennis held the individual attention of its enthusiasts who defied sun-
scorching courts to dash speedily across the clay. The tennis tournament, the last activity
directly sponsored by the club, wound up an active year which exemplified the ancient
standard — "sound mind in a sound body."
Autumn days brought out all our riding enthusiasts
once again to a favorite sport. To the pleasure of the
riding itself was added the thrill of cantering in the
beautiful paths which nature had decorated with rich
vivid leaves that crackled under horses' hoofs. Winter's
ice and snow for a time lessened the activity of the Riding
Club but, however, it was resumed when spring bade an
irresistible beckoning. The popularity and interest of the
club increased with the advent of "nature's awakening"
and continued throughout the year. This zeal which our
riders show indicates future years of even more success
DOUBLEHEADER AT BASKETBALL
There is a great stir and bustle
among tiie Elms. Wherefore? It is
the season for transplanting. Twenty-
seven of the fairest of the grove are
to be uprooted, marked with the in-
signia of Our Lady of the Elms, and
sent forth from their Alma Mater,
their loving Mother, to take their
places alone in a new estate.
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COMMENCEMENT WEEK PROGRAM
MONDAY, MAY 27
TUESDAY, MAY 28, 3 P. M.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 3 P. M.
Class Day Officers:
FRIDAY, MAY 31, 9 P. M.
Chairman of Music
Chairman of Refreshments
Chairman of Tickets
Chairman of Decorations
Chairman of Favors
Chairman of Publicity
SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 3:30 P. M.
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 3:30 P. M.
Baccalaureate Address and Benediction
Mary T. Dolan
Mary Venancio and Marie Stone
MONDAY, JUNE 3, 10 A. M.
Conferring of Graduation Honors by His Excellency,
Most Reverend Thomas Mary O'Leary, D. D.,
Bishop of Springfield
MESSAGE OF THE MOST REVEREND FOUNDER
AND PRESIDENT TO THE CLASS OF 1940
(from the Commencement Address of his Excellency,
Most Reverend Thomas M. O'Leary, D. D. )
My dear Graduates:
We are here this morning particularly to honor you. You have just received from
your Alma Mater your diploma which through all the years to come will testify that
you are young women of thoroughly Christian character and sound intelligence. You
deserve to take your place in the ranks of her alumnae and merit to go forth as graduates
of the College of Our Lady of the Elms. I congratulate you on this honor and on this
day which has crowned your efforts here in this college, I speak to you with authority
and assurance as you go out into a perplexing and turbulent world. When we consider
the economic, industrial and political situation here in America, we must admit that
there are difficult conditions ahead for you ; but this I can say, — that you are ready to
face the future whatever it may hold for you on a safe footing. You can go out and
meet your tomorrows with enthusiasm, with courage, and with hope that need not fail
of fulfillment. A heart and mind and character trained as your heart and mind and
character have been trained here by the Sisters of St. Joseph, are a protection against
the future; and with your heart and mind and character so fortified, let me say that
your worries need not rest too heavily upon you. If you will only keep pace with the
Sisters, if you will only keep pace with your Alma Mater, if you will only keep ever
before you the ideals of your college life, you will be able to hold your own and find
happiness and success. Without too much delay, try to educate yourselves to some worth-
while object in life. Give to it the best that you have learned here, and, my dear young
women, your mark will be made in the world. In all your thoughts, in all your work,
and in all your actions, let this influence be paramount. If you will stand firm as a rock,
supported by the teachings of this college, by daily prayer and trust in God, then victory
will come to you as you encounter the trials and temptations of life. Then go out and
resolve to be noble, true woman, keeping to the place for which your womanly nature
and your womanly gifts have fitted you, and for which Almighty God has destined you.
No matter how much the modern girl may try to attract you to the false position in
which you find her, tell her that only as a true woman will she be able to find her
right place in the world and fulfill her duty to God, to home and to humanity. It is my
fervent desire that you will be, always, true, noble women.
"Vhitt tides if there be tongues in trees."
"Four years a-growing" has brought us to the termination of our hfe here in the
grove of Our Lady. Into this short space of time are crowded countless memories; and
the reaHzation of our most cherished dreams tells us that we must make ready for our
departure. The thrills and surprises that came upon us as timid little Freshmen endeared
to us that period of "verdance" that is the lot of every beginning class. As gay, young
Sophomores we took life in a carefree and happy manner, eager to tell the younger class
that we "had gone through it" too. When they called us jolly Juniors we were proud
of our position and strove to be at our best.
Now, at last, we have reached the height of collegiate life — the life of dignified
Seniors. Our Senior Year has been a rich, happy and interesting one. We started the
year off with the weighty business of initiating the Freshmen and we are quite proud of
the results. To be sure, we cannot take too much credit to ourselves, for we had excellent
sportive material with which to work.
Early in the year our attention centered upon our annual retreat, given by Rev.
John Herlihy, S. J., which was followed almost immediately by our formal commence-
ment of Senior Year — Cap and Gown Sunday.
A primary concern of the Senior Class being the publication of its year book, all
thoughts turned in that direction. As Editor-in-chief, Mary Dolan was a tireless, most
capable and efficient leader directing her assistants to arrange the best of the better
Elmatas. Virginia Adams' unceasing efi^orts brought about the financial success of the
book. With thoughts "Elmata" came the annual Elmata Dance. Pleasant indeed, were
the memories of that enjoyable evening. Barbara Norton as general chairman directed
her assistants toward a very successful realization of profitable proceeds for our book.
Our love of sports found expression in our enthusiastic participation in the Basket-
ball Tournament. As in the three previous years, we were champions. The final game
played with the Juniors was followed by a social held in our honor with the Juniors
In the selection of our class play we went Shakespearean, giving the leads to Agnes
Gully and Deborah Clancy. "The Taming of the Shrew" claimed a large audience and
Marie Stone as director succeeded in creating a true Elizabethan atmosphere.
Time passed all too quickly when Commencement Week was ushered in with May
Day and the colorful procession to the grotto. Then followed all the activities of a
glorious class day. The class play tournament provided an evening of thrilling enter-
tainment and amusement. It goes without saying that the Senior Ball was the most
festive, gay and enchanting affair of the year. We would have been happy to have that
week linger but it rapidly took its place among our memoirs and Baccalaureate Sunday
found us happy in our success, but sad at the thought of leaving these hallowed
Yes, we have reached our goal and with grateful hearts we transplant ourselves
to our new surroundings. May our branches ever mingle with the noblest and best in
life, that our successes may be the pride and joy of Alma Mater.
THE RUSTLING OF THE LEAVES
A stirring of the leaves — a hushed sweet song — a whispered tale rustled by a wind
that is wafting through us to the year 1950. Ah! hsten! It is May 1950— our leaves
have again blossomed forth in all their splendid glory — but why glory? Back again
among the Elms we are. Back again to honor the splendor of the thrilling voice of
Lorraine Horan. Hers is a voice which has been acclaimed by the world-renowned
music critic, Helen Gorman. Miss Horan has just completed her role as Elsa in
"Tristan and Isolde" and has stopped at her Alma Mater to give a concert before her
European appearance. Ah! listen as the wind murmurs our renirn. First arrived are
Deborah Clancy and Connie Kennedy, a scintillating advertisement of their smart dress
shoppe. They have stopped to chat with two other collaborators, but of a different
sphere — Gina Adams and Peg Meehan who have attracted attention with their fine
interpretation and criticism of modern literature. As a recent feature of their book shop
they presented a lecture series by their former classmates Misses Ruth Dinneen and
Marie Stone. Doctor Rita Burke is entering now. She is the scientist who has recently
expounded that theory on the activity of electrons which has startled the world of
science. It has won for her the Chair of Science at Dorothy Clifford's School, the
exclusive Miss Clifford School at Northampton, Massachusetts.
Yet again that soft serenade — far back in the grove is Agnes Gully, the business
executive of the Bonwit Teller. She is returning with Barbara Norton now established
in Worcester's new progressive school nursery, and Carmen Padilla whose graceful hands
are covering the pages of our smart magazines, advertising famous hand lotions and
Tiffany's masterpieces. Following these another trio — Mary Dolan, feature writer for
"America", Mary Rose Durnin, the first woman mayor of North Adams, and Mary
Venancio who, through her florist shop has created the vogue for orchids. Yet again —
for exchanging greetings are Mary Maguire, realizing her ambition as laboratory tech-
nician and Katherine Bresnahan who, as the Senior English teacher of Uxbridge High,
is still the proud talker-upper of that typical New England town. They have walked
over to greet Agnes Cassidy, now a brilliant Mathematics professor, and Katherine
Dougherty who just published a book entitled "Modern Methods of Manipulating a
Car." Talking with them is Julie Flahive who has never left the lovely grove but has
remained as a very proficient assistant librarian.
How the mood of the serenade has changed into a merry, jolly tune! Yes, Catherine
Fitzgerald and her pals have joined our gathering. Catherine is now acting on Broadway
in the current success, written by her boon companions, Ruth Moran and Marion Cantwell.
The merry tune still continues as the associate professors of history at Miss Clifford's
School, Annette Laliberte and Aniceta Decker enter the rotunda.
But listen! The music becomes louder as the mood changes. No longer is the
rustling a murmur. Its tale is now reaching the end. It is rushing towards the climax
of its symphony vibrating with stirring chords, sweeping onward to a song of triumph,
of victories won and glories attained.
We, the class of nineteen hundred and forty about to be uprooted from the soil
of our Alma Mater and to leave this favorite aboretium for a more boundless wooded
expanse, discover countless treasures embedded in the rich soil surrounding our roots
and we take pleasure in bequeathing them to our successors.
To our Alma Mater we will our filial love and loyalty, our cooperation in the work
of the Alumnae and our promise to follow the ideals our College has set before us.
To the Faculty we will our sincere appreciation for their patient and unflagging
efforts in guiding us along the path of truth and virtue.
To the various societies we leave our earnest desire to see them rise to even greater
heights than those attained by the class of '40.
To the Dramatic Club we leave our infant theater "The Marquee" and we trust
that in the years to come it will become the "big theatre." We also bequeath to members
of the Dramatic Club two of the leading roles in "Pilate's Daughter " and we hope
that the role of Pilate's wife in the future will be performed as well as it was by one
of the talented members of our class.
Through the Athletic Association we will our undefeated record in basketball to
any class capable of making the same. We also bequeath to them what we consider
the secret of our success — roses for the Little Flower.
To the Musical Club we leave the hope that some day they may find a successor
to our Jinny Lind and a conductor of the Glee Club as capable as ours.
To the library we bequeath our goodly collection of poems and short stories com-
posed by members of our class during our four years at O. L. E.
To the Juniors we bequeath our enlarged list of Senior privileges with the hope
that they may enjoy them as we have and our wholehearted approval should they succeed
in making the list longer. We feel sure that they will succeed in their every task.
To the Sophomores we will our good fortune in inheriting such a friendly and loyal
sister class. May this same good fortune favor them with the advent of the class of
1944. With such spirit of cooperation, such character and liveliness which they have
displayed in the two years of our friendship with them, we are certain that they will
progress with success, socially as well as scholastically.
To the Freshmen we will their well earned gold which will distinguish them in the
future as "upper classmen."
Lastly, out of the generosity of their hearts each member of the Senior Class has a
special gift which she will bestow in person on her legatee before she leaves this sacred
grove for a more vast and mysterious forest — her future
In testimony whereof, we, the Class of 1940, set our hand and seal of the Com-
monwealth of Massachusetts and in the presence of witnesses declare this to be our last
will this twenty-ninth day of May, nineteen hundred and forty.
Marie A. Stone
Today we plant a tree to commemorate our days spent here at the College of Our
Lady of the Elms. We have passed our student days beneath the sheltering branches
of the trees dedicated to Our Lady which were planted by our predecessors. Somehow
the initial planting of these other trees was not so dear to us, of course, as our own
is today; we failed to think what it might have meant to each particular class that left
a tiny sapling as a heritage for us. But today, so many noble thoughts and sentiments
well up within us and it seems that four years of indifference to those past sentiments
come down upon us, as it were, in one full sweep.
Now that the four years of our matriculation here at college are drawing to a close,
it is necessary that we along with our sister classes have something as a heritage to
bequeath to posterity. We have chosen a tree, a sturdy tree, nurtured by God through
nature's hand ; we could not have chosen a more enduring memorial to leave here for
the class of 1940.
There is an analogy between Kilmer's "Trees" and our college life, in that each
is a heavenly creation, each so destined to fulfill its duty as a testimony of God's divine
handiwork; as a sapling is a potential spreading elm so we, as potential graduates of the
College of Our Lady of the Elms are the potential bulwarks of that Catholic National
life where we are to put into practice the precepts here taught.
So when the tree of the class of 1940 is planted so also will the roots of each member
of the class that that tree represents be planted in their future. Let the classes we leave
behind look upon our tree and consider it a token of our regard for them and our beloved
ALUMNAE OF OUR LADY OF THE ELMS
OFFICERS ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION
President Margaret T. Clifford
First Vice-President Catherine McDonough
Second Vice-President Mrs. Elizabeth Hope
Third Vice-President Mary Jane O'Connell
Recording Secretary Patricia Collins
Corresponding Secretary Alice Moline
Treasurer Mrs. Mary Millea
Berkshire Chapter Helen Stone
Holyoke Chapter Mary Harrington
Northampton Chapter Mary Dunphy
Springfield Chapter Grace Kaley
Worcester Chapter Mary Greaney
ALUMNAE OF OUR LADY OF THE ELMS
The year 1939-1940 was a very active one for the Alumnae Association of the
College of Our Lady of the Elms. Dinner meetings in various sections of the state
opened the social season. The Thanksgiving recess was marked by formal dances
conducted for the benefit of the scholarship funds of the Berkshire County and the
Northampton Chapters. The Berkshire County Thanksgiving dance was held November
30 at the Hotel Wendell in Pittsfield under the chairmanship of Jean Bailey. Wordy
Brothers Orchestra furnished the music. The main ballroom of the Hotel Northampton
was the scene of the annual Thanksgiving dance of the Northampton chapter. This
outstanding social event was planned and executed by numerous committees under the
direction of Mrs. Katherine Miller. Music was furnished by Bob Miller's orchestra.
Famous Women in Poetry, a tableaux presentation, was held in the fall under the spon-
sorship of the Springfield Chapter. Cecelia Sullivan was chairman of arrangements.
Christmas gatherings, dinner meetings, bridge parties and teas were important events
of the winter season.
The most important social event of the Spring season was the annual Easter Ball
held at the Hotel Sheraton, Springfield on Friday, March 29. Helen Auth and Margaret
Garvey were chairmen of this colorful affair. Alumnae from all parts of the state were
present as well as many of the undergraduates.
The Holyoke Chapter ushered in the Spring season with its annual observance of
Mother's Day. Each year the members of the Chapter attend Mass in a body and receive
Holy Communion. Following attendance at Mass the group adjourns to a local hotel
where breakfast is served. An appropriate talk is presented by an outstanding speaker.
The Communion breakfasts in Holyoke have been so successful that Berkshire County,
Northampton, Springfield and Worcester County Chapters inaugurated Communion
breakfast gatherings in their localities this year.
This year comes to a close with the banquet and reception for the members of the
class of 1940.
The Massachusetts Chapter of the International Federation of Catholic Alumnae,
of which the Alumnae Association of the College of Our Lady of the Elms is a member,
sponsored a concert by Jessica Dragonnette in Symphony Hall, Boston, in November.
The Elmata Staff deems itself
highly honored to be entrusted with
the records of the grove. The task
has been a most pleasant one, but
one that would have been impossible
without the aid and support of our
friends. The Elmata Staff wishes to
thank in the name of the Senior Class
all those whose moral and financial
aid have made possible this 1940
edition of Elmata.
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Mary T. Dolan
Virginia A. Adams
Dorothy C. Clifford
M. Agnes Gully
Annette M. Laliberte
Margaret C. Mahoney
Mary R. Maguire
The first problem that confronted the Elmata Staff was the financing of its yearbook.
However, under the capable direction of the business manager, Miss Virginia A. Adams,
and the cooperation of every member of the Senior Class the financial question early
ceased to be a worry. It became on the contrary, the raison d'etre for a variety of worth-
while and memorable functions. Outstanding among these were the Senior-Alumnae
Game and the Elmata Dance.
The annual Alumnae-Senior game held on January 20 was arranged with much
success by Margaret Mahoney and was entered into this year by all with more than the
customary enthusiasm. The eager response of the Alumnae to the challenge of the Seniors
resulted in the spirited cheering section and two basketball games. Two rival teams
composed of graduates of several years ago played the preliminary game and proved
that lack of practice had not greatly affected their speed and their eye for the basket.
Much praise goes to members of both teams for a very good game.
A picked Alumnae team captained by Mary Ellen Quilty '38 presented a strong
defense to the undefeated Seniors who found that they had unlooked-for opposition
in the fighting spirit and teamwork of the graduates. With both teams concentrating
intensely on their plays, a thrilling game ensued, the possible victor of which could not
be decided until the very last. The steady playing of the Seniors however, succeeded in
giving them a small lead which they maintained up to the final whistle. Although the
game was won by the Seniors, the Alumnae team actually crowned themselves with glory
in this never-to-be-forgotten game.
ELMATA'S NEW COAT OF GREEN
"In the pride of green and gold
Dearly hived hy young and old."
Unanimously it was decided that our cover be done, not
in the class colors, but in the "green and gold" of the College —
a rich, dark green with the seal clearly embossed in a sea of
gold-leaf. We found it impractical to reproduce the seal in
its wealth of color, but at least our study brought to our
attention the richness and beauty of the coloring and the
symbolism of our seal.
Around the shield is a circular space containing the
words: Collegium Dominae Nostrae in Ulmis, Chicopee.
Within this circle is the seal in the form of a shield, sur-
mounted by the emblem of Saint Joseph, patron of the
teaching Sisters in charge of our lovely College. This emblem is the carpenter's
square through which runs the flowering rod of Jesse.
On either side of the shield is the conventional rose of heraldry which here, of
course, is the Mystical Rose, one of Our Lady's traditional titles, significant of purity
and the sweet odor of sanctity.
The shield proper is divided into three parts. Above is the heraldic representation
of the Diocese of Springfield — a field of three circles, filled with wavy bars of alternating
blue and silver representing waters of a sun-kissed spring and so recalling "Springfield "
diocesan seat of the college.
In the section of the left are three elm leaves in green and gold. The leaves recall the
elms which give the college its name, and the colors are those of Our Lady of the Elms.
In the section of the right, in silver on a background of blue, is the emblem of
Our Blessed Lady, Queen of Heaven. Above is the crown of a queen, and below, in
monagram, are intertwined A and M, the first letters of Ave Maria, the greeting that
God sent to Our Lady through His messenger, the Angel Gabriel.
And so, in heraldic symbol, the seal of our college on the Connecticut tells of its
origin in the labors of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, of its home in the Springfield diocese,
and of its dedication to Our Lady as its heavenly patroness.
BEST WISHES FROM
THE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION
COLLEGE OF OUR LADY OF THE ELMS
Class of '40, gay and young
To you this farewell song is sung.
In life for you, we pray, success;
And more God grant you happiness.
Each one — a star in God's great sky,
Aim your hearts and souls e'er high.
We'll ne'er forget you — you've been such fun!
Until we meet again — farewell, from '41.
BEST WISHES, GRADUATES!
SISTER CLASS OF
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THE CLASS OF
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